Why You Should Ask Your Radiologist to Schedule an X-Ray

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Why You Should Schedule an X-Ray with Your Radiologist

X-ray imaging (radiography) is still the most commonly use imaging technique in radiology. To make a radiograph, a part of the body is exposed to a very small quantity of x-rays. Since these rays pass through healthy tissue. Only areas of the body affect by disease or injury show up on the resulting image. Though x-rays are consider to be noninvasive and relatively harmless, some risks do exist when these images are taken.

Types of X Rays

There are several different types of x rays, each serving a unique purpose. For example, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) And positron emission tomography (PET) scans can all provide more detailed images of organs and tissues in your body. But if you’re dealing with trauma or broken bones. Dr Linda Smith says that plain old x rays might be a better option for you. Just make sure to ask for one that’s tailored to your specific needs—and schedule it so you can see a qualified radiology technician as soon as possible.

When do you need an x-ray?

Schedule an x ray  when you have any of these symptoms: A severe headache. Stiff neck or sore throat, Pain in shoulders and arms, Pain in lower back and legs. Schedule an x ray if you have discomfort while breathing. An x ray to examine injured bones or joints. X- ray to evaluate any chronic pain that hasn’t improve after getting treatment for other possible causes of pain such as muscle strain. Schedule an x ray if you want a second opinion on a diagnosis. Get your annual physical. Women should get their annual mammogram (breast x-ray) between ages 40 and 50 years old; get a mammogram every year thereafter until age 70 years old.

What happens during the x-ray?

An x-ray exam, or x ray, is a simple and painless procedure used to detect problems inside your body. The radiologist will first apply a special salve to protect any cuts or scrapes on your skin that could potentially be damage by radiation. He’ll then position you so that your part of interest will be centered in front of the machine’s detector. If you have any metal objects in your mouth such as fillings. Crowns, plates or dental braces, they’ll need to be removed before you can have an x ray taken.

How much does it cost?

Many consumers assume that, since x-rays are done in hospitals and emergency rooms. They must be expensive. In fact, x-rays can cost as little as $10 to $40—that’s a tiny fraction of what you might pay at a doctor’s office. If you need assistance scheduling your own x-ray appointments. Schedule one for tomorrow with Dr Linda Smith at (555) 555-5555. Dr Smith is a board certified  and can walk you through each step of getting an x ray so that your insurance company will reimburse you for it later on. If your main concern is cost or access to high quality imaging technology, schedule an appointment today!

How much time will it take?

An x-ray can be perform in a few minutes. It takes a little longer if contrast is needed to enhance the image. On average, it takes 10 minutes from start to finish. But patients have said it takes just five minutes. If you have questions about your x ray results or scheduling future exams, be sure to schedule your visit with us and Dr Linda Smith. She will go over your images with you and talk about your future plans for treatment. She’s truly a pleasure!

Will there be any pain involved?

There will be no pain involve during an x-ray exam. The amount of radiation that reaches a person during these exams is extremely small, even for repeat exams over time. In fact, people who have multiple x-rays each year are exposed to more radiation from natural sources such as sunlight and soil than they are from medical imaging studies. Unlike other forms of radiation (such as diagnostic CT scans or nuclear medicine), x-rays don’t use ionizing radiation, which can damage DNA and cause cancer.

What side effects might there be?

The number one risk of having an x-ray is radiation exposure. This risk increases based on how many x-rays you have and for what length of time. So it’s a good idea to take a few precautions. Before you schedule your first x-ray, talk to your doctor about what type of procedure will be most useful and find out how many are recommended (typically five or fewer in any given year). Also ask whether there are alternatives available such as ultrasound that would reduce your radiation exposure. And remember, some parts of your body receive greater doses than others (think: hands and feet).

Things you should know before scheduling your x ray

  1. A doctor should examine your injury body part before you have an x ray. 2. If a doctor has already examine you, he or she will likely not order another examination to plan treatment unless more than one year has passed since your last x ray. 3. Most people can have their first x ray without a prescription, but if you have problems breathing or have a lot of metal in your body (such as implants), a prescription may be need to take an x ray of your chest, abdomen, or pelvis/hip area. 4. An x ray of your hand and wrist area is usually not necessary to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) unless it is causing severe pain and you need surgery for it that requires an image of these areas.

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