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Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)

Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)

An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones and is a valuable tool in diagnosing and monitoring diseases including arthritis, pneumonia, bronchitis, or cancer. X-rays help your physician properly diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases.


Radiation exposure

Some people worry that X-rays aren't safe because radiation exposure can cause cell mutations that may lead to cancer. But the amount of radiation you're exposed to during an X-ray is so small that the risk of any damage to cells in your body is extremely low. For more information on exposure please visit www.imagewisely.org/patients.

However, if you're pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, tell your doctor before having an X-ray. Though the risk of most diagnostic X-rays to an unborn baby is small, your doctor may consider another imaging test, such as ultrasound.


What to wear

In general, you undress whatever part of your body needs examination. You may wear a gown to cover yourself during the exam, depending on which area is being X-rayed. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects that may obscure the X-ray image, because these objects can show up on an X-ray.


Getting your Results

Our Board Certified Radiologist views and interprets the results and sends a report to your doctor, who then explains the results to you. The results are generally reported to your physician’s office within 24 hours. In an emergency, your X-ray results can be made available to your doctor in minutes.


To schedule an Exam please contact Main Scheduling at (239) 624-4443

 


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