X-rays are a kind of radiation that is generated for the purpose of diagnostics. X-rays work in much the same way as a camera. It harnesses visible light to generate an image. The X-ray passes through the patient's body to generate an image on film. Those films can then be evaluated by one of the Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care doctors so a diagnosis can be made.
At Bronx Park Urgent Medical Care, the X-rays are performed right on-site. This means that results typically take just a few minutes.
A number of different injuries may require X-ray imaging. Some of these include:
In most cases of extreme pain, an X-ray is an excellent way to gain additional information about the injury. An X-ray allows the doctor to see the inner tissues, which would otherwise be inaccessible.
The amount of radiation used during an X-ray is quite minimal, so the risk is not high. The patient will wear protective gear whenever possible.
Prior to X-ray imaging, the part of the body being X-rayed must be fully exposed.
If patients need to disrobe, they'll be provided with a gown.
Any metal objects on the body must be removed prior to the X-ray imaging. This usually includes jewelry, glasses, piercings, and any other types of metal.
X-rays aren't painful, although they may require the patient to stay in a certain position for a few minutes so that a clear image can be generated.
After the X-ray, it's fine for patients to go back to their usual activities. A routine X-ray doesn't have any side effects. Once a diagnosis is made, the doctor can start treatment right away.
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