Being able to take an in-depth look at areas of the body causing a patient discomfort is a valuable medical procedure. An x-ray is one of those procedures. X-rays provide doctors with a way to monitor the progression of bone damage and adjust their treatment plans accordingly. For patients, x-rays are a faster option than MRIs.
Rheumatic Disease Clinic would like to safely reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a routine x-ray. Our goal is to lower the duration of an average visit down to just 15 minutes. Meaning that patients can essentially walk-in, get their x-ray, and walk out. To find out more, contact us today.
X-rays come in many variations.
Chest X-rays (as the name states) are a form of radiation. With this comes a small risk of radiation exposure, but the benefits of having a clear image to help with the diagnosis far outweigh the risk of harm by the radiation.
When the charged particles come in contact with the body, the tissues in the body absorb the particles at different rates which allows the machine to create an image of what’s inside. Calcium in the bones absorbs the X-rays well, producing a clear image of the bone.
Yes. The most common type of X-ray is radiography. You may be familiar with this type of X-ray if you have gone through the body scan at an airport. Radiography is typically used in the medical field to take images of broken bones, teeth, and the chest cavity.
Doctors may also use a fluoroscopy to exam a patient. This type of X-ray makes it possible for physicians to see what is occurring within the patient’s body as it happens. For example, doctors can examine the pumping action of a patient’s heart. Another useful X-ray is the Computed Tomography, or CT. A CT scan is commonly used to capture multiple images in one session.
No. The average amount of exposure for a body X-ray typically does not exceed 20 millisieverts or mSv. To put that into perspective, a lethal dose of radiation is approximately 3500 mSv. Bear in mind that everyone is exposed to varying amounts of radiation each day. Even a banana emits radiation due to its potassium slowly decaying over time.
It depends on where the X-rays are being taken. For example, chest X-rays and CT scans emit more radiation than their counterparts. Although the health risks are generally low, keep track of how many X-rays you have undergone. This can be very useful for patients visiting multiple doctors a year.
Different items can have an effect on the final image. Most commonly, a ghost-like streak occurs. This blur of white can hinder doctors from being able to make a valid assessment of your progress. To reduce the risk of needing additional X-rays due to a non-viable image, please remove all earrings, necklaces, glasses, or belly button ring if advised.