If you get hurt or have unexplained pain, you may need diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays to evaluate your condition. At Cali Quick Urgent Care, Brittany Glenn, DO, and the team use on-site X-ray technology to get a closer look at your bones and soft tissues to identify issues like fractures or pneumonia. Based on the results of your X-rays, the team can create a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help you heal fully. To schedule diagnostic X-rays, call the urgent care office in Laguna Niguel, California, or book a consultation online today.
An X-ray is a noninvasive, diagnostic test that uses electromagnetic radiation to create pictures of the structures inside your body.
You might need an X-ray if you have unexplained pain or other symptoms that may relate to:
X-rays can also be a diagnostic tool to evaluate kids who swallow coins and other foreign objects.
Before your X-ray, you need to remove all of your jewelry. The team at Cali Quick Urgent Care will help you sit or lie down on a table and place your body into the proper position. They may place a lead-lined blanket over areas of your body that aren’t being evaluated to protect you from radiation.
When they take the X-ray, your provider leaves the room briefly. They may come back into the room to reposition your body to take additional images. Depending on the reason for your X-ray, they may need to move you several times to get different image angles.
X-rays require no invasive procedures or anesthesia. You can go back to your usual activities without any limitations after your test is complete.
A radiologist reviews your X-rays to identify the cause of your symptoms. If you need additional diagnostic testing or treatment, the team at Cali Quick Urgent Care can discuss your options when your test is complete.
If you have a fracture or pneumonia, you may need additional X-rays after you start treatment to evaluate your recovery. The convenience of the in-office X-rays means you won’t have to travel elsewhere for follow-up care.
Under the supervision of a skilled medical team, X-rays are a safe and effective way to evaluate your health.
There is a small risk for complications like infections, tissue damage, and cancer because of the radiation. However, the team at Cali Quick Urgent Care prioritizes your health and safety during X-rays and minimizes your exposure risk as much as possible.
If you’re pregnant, you may not be able to have an X-ray of your pelvis or abdomen. The team discusses your options for diagnostic testing with technologies like ultrasounds that don’t use radiation.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of X-rays, call Cali Quick Urgent Care to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.