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Digital X-ray FAQs

02 Jan 2020

Do you remember when x-rays involved a long and tedious process? Well, a lot has changed since then like the invention of digital x-rays which reduces the examining time by 90 percent.

At Preferred Urgent Care, we offer the best digital x-ray services in Katy, TX to diagnose undetectable diseases.

Want to learn more about digital x-rays? Keep reading

1. Is Digital X-ray a Routine Test?

No, it not. We offer digital x-ray services to diagnose different diseases such as:

  • Fractured and dislocated bones can’t be detected using a blood test. Although the broken bone may be easily visible, we will do an x-ray to determine where and how the bone is fractured. Take note, fractures are an emergency so visit an urgent clinic near you as soon as it occurs.
  • To locate any foreign objects that you may have
  • Detect any damage from infection, arthritis, osteoporosis and abnormal bone growth
  • To check for any fluid buildup in the joints
  • To monitor the healing process of dislocated joints

2. Will There Be Any Radiation?

The greatest risk of x-rays is exposure to radiation which has been linked to other health problems such as cancer. However, digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure by 75 to 90 percent compared to the traditional ones.

3. How Long Does the Test Last?

The process of getting traditional x-rays was long as they are film based meaning it took time for the image to be taken and a diagnosis made. Furthermore, the x-rays cannot be manipulated and they require multiple images to be taken for proper imaging.

With digital x-rays, however, the imaging will last for about 5 to 10 minutes. The digital x-rays use image sensors to capture and display images. Plus, our doctor can manipulate the scanner such as zooming and applying filters for proper imaging and diagnosis.

4. How Can You Prepare

A digital x-ray is effective when it comes to diagnosis. However, you still need to prepare for the test to ensure everything runs smoothly. It is crucial to speak to the doctor about any medical condition and health status. Some conditions and situations can make it difficult for an x-ray to be done such as pregnancy because radiation can affect the fetus. It is, therefore, vital to discuss with the doctor any pre-existing medical problems you may have.

Additionally, it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions as the x-rays vary. For instance, when scheduled for a digestive tract x-ray, you are not required to eat to drink anything until the imaging is done.

Don’t forget to dress appropriately chances are you will be removing the outfit, so wear easily removable clothes.

5. What to Expect During Your Appointment?

The procedure is different based on the type of x-ray to be done, but in most cases, the process is standard

  • The doctor will examine and evaluate your medical condition. Next, they will discuss the process of doing the x-ray and what to expect.
  • You will have to remove your clothing including eyeglasses. That’s why we advise you to wear loose and easy to remove clothes
  • Your body is positioned properly so that there is a proper imaging

For the digestive x-ray, you will be given a barium solution to delineate or outline the intestines and internal structure. You may also have to hold your breath or remain still for chest and bone x-ray.

The results will be available in minutes, so there won’t be much waiting around.

6. What Happens After the X-ray?

You can resume your normal activities immediately after the x-ray imaging test. If you took a barium solution, however, you need to drink plenty of fluids to flush it out. Although there are no major side effects, it is important to pay attention to any developing symptoms afterward. Visit our Preferred Urgent care clinic in Houston, TX if you notice pain, redness, and swelling in the injection site.

Take Away

Digital x-rays save time and are less tedious. Additionally, they allow us to store your record easily and also consult with other medical professionals. As much there is a risk of radiation, there are ways you can reduce its effects.