X-Ray Specialist

My Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent Care located in Abilene, TX

X-rays are one of the most commonly used methods for diagnosing internal injuries, illnesses, and more. They give medical care providers a visual of what’s going on under the surface of your skin. The team at My Urgent Care Clinic in Abilene, Texas, uses X-rays to provide their patients with accurate diagnoses.

X-Ray Q & A

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is an imaging test used to noninvasively see inside your body and detect issues that the naked eye can’t see.

The X-ray releases electromagnetic radiation that seeps through the surface of your skin to create film negative-type images.

X-rays are used for different reasons. They can be highly localized and extremely general. It all depends on the reason for getting one. Typically, doctors recommend X-rays to diagnose medical conditions or check on the integrity of your bones and organs.

Why is an X-ray performed?

Your doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic might require an X-ray to better understand the areas in which you are experiencing pain and discomfort, as well as track the progression of an illness and the effects of various treatments.

X-rays can be required to identify:

  • Bone decay
  • Dental issues
  • Blood vessel blockages
  • Digestive issues
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Various forms of cancer
  • Tumors

How is the procedure performed?

Your doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic may ask you to lie down, sit on your side, or stand in a series of different positions. Depending on what your doctor says you need the X-ray for, you’ll need to place your body in specific positions for the machine to capture the required image.

Each X-ray machine is different, as some specialize in targeted areas of the body. However, the procedure itself is typically always short — unlike an MRI, which can take more than an hour.

The procedure is entirely painless and easy. The trickiest part is to remain still during the process.

What are the potential side effects of an X-Ray?

X-rays have very few side effects. They use a small amount of radiation safe for most adults.

However, this radiation isn’t safe for a fetus. Tell your doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic if you’re pregnant to see what imaging alternatives are available to you.

Also, because X-rays are used to identify painful conditions, the position you are forced to maintain can provoke discomfort and pain.

In some very cases, an X-ray can cause:

  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrest

X-rays are some of the safest, most commonly used diagnostic imaging machines. Contact a doctor at My Urgent Care Clinic today if you’d like to learn more about what X-rays can do for you.