X-rays are painless tests that produce images of the structures inside a person’s body. X-ray beams can pass through the body, but the beams are absorbed by structures like bones, muscles, fat, and even air. The absorption of the beams is what allows for the structures to show up on X-ray film. X-rays have been used for over 100 years by medical professionals to determine the health of a person’s internal body by means other than having to make incisions.
X-rays are used in diagnostic testing to examine many different parts of the body. They can be used to identify fractures and infections in the bones and teeth, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone cancer. X-rays are used to identify infections in the lungs (i.e. tuberculosis, pneumonia, and cancer), an enlarged heart, and breast cancer. Digestive tract problems and swallowed items can also be identified through X-rays.
Sometimes a doctor will refer you to a hospital to have X-rays taken, but there are other options available when needing X-rays. Diagnostic imaging centers are available to make the process much smoother and quicker than having to visit a hospital for X-rays. Many people feel much more comfortable in an imaging center due to less exposure to germs and infections, as well as more one-on-one care given to the patient.
Many X-ray imaging centers offer a variety of diagnostic services other than X-rays including mammography, ultrasounds, cyst aspirations, and more. If something is spotted on an X-ray, being in a diagnostic imaging center is often very helpful because very often another test can be done right away. Otherwise at a hospital a patient may have to wait for hours or even days for another test to be ordered by his/her doctor.
Outpatient diagnostic X-rays are a convenient and patient-centered way to deliver high quality, cost-effective care. With the ease of scheduling and reduced wait times, patients are treated on a personal basis and given the utmost care.
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