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THE SCIENCE BEHIND X-RAYS

Advanced Imaging for Better Diagnosis

Here at South Shore ER in League City, Texas, our x-rays offer a painless, non-invasive method to detect abnormalities within the body. Indeed, x-rays are commonly used to identify broken bones, fractures, tumors, dental decay, and foreign objects. Additionally, x-rays can reveal various health conditions such as bone cancer, breast tumors, an enlarged heart, blocked blood vessels, lung issues, digestive system problems, infections, and arthritis.

The process works by utilizing x-rays’ ability to pass through air and soft tissues easily but is absorbed by denser materials like bone, metal, or tumors. The larger the mass, the more x-rays are absorbed, making it easier to differentiate between different types of tissues and abnormalities. Our radiologist, a trained physician specializing in interpreting x-rays, will analyze the images and communicate the findings to your provider.

While x-rays involve minimal radiation exposure, it is crucial to inform your provider if you are pregnant – this is vital to keep in mind. Although the radiation levels are considered safe for adults, they are not recommended for unborn babies due to the potential risks.

During the procedure, you may need to hold specific positions for clear imaging. If you have a painful condition, such as a broken bone, you might experience slight discomfort. Your provider may suggest taking pain medication beforehand to alleviate any discomfort. For procedures involving contrast dye, some individuals might experience side effects like hives, itching, nausea, lightheadedness, or a metallic taste. In rare cases, the dye can cause severe reactions such as anaphylactic shock, a drop in blood pressure, or cardiac arrest.

Here at South Shore ER, we prioritize your safety and comfort, ensuring thorough precautions and expert care during your x-ray procedure. Know that our team is always ready to assist.

READY FOR YOUR X-RAY?

Preparation Tips in League City

For a standard x-ray, no special preparation is needed. However, wearing loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy movement is advisable, though some providers may ask you to change into a hospital gown.

When it comes to preparing your child for their first x-ray, it’s helpful to explain the process to them. Reassure them that they will remain awake during the exam, that x-rays are painless, and that they can resume their regular activities afterward. This helps to familiarize them with it.

If you need help, expert care, or should you have any questions about radiation or x-rays in League City, Texas, you can give us a call at South Shore ER.

FROM SCAN TO RESULTS

Next Steps at South Shore ER

After your x-ray at South Shore ER, you’ll be able to change back into your regular clothes. In most cases, you can resume your normal daily activities unless your provider advises rest while waiting for your results.

Typically, results are available the same day, but occasionally it may take a few days. Once your provider reviews your x-ray results, they may recommend additional tests such as imaging scans, blood tests, or other diagnostic measures based on the findings.

For all your radiation and x-ray needs in League City, Texas, visit us at South Shore ER for the best care.

FAQs ABOUT RADIATION AND X-RAY

at South Shore ER in League City, Texas

An x-ray, a form of electromagnetic radiation, can penetrate the body to produce images of bones and certain organs. These images can identify bone fractures, diseases, and other health issues.
Most insurance policies require a referral from a licensed healthcare provider for x-rays.
The radiation exposure from a standard x-ray is very low and unlikely to cause harm. Moreover, numerous precautions are in place to protect both you and the technologist who conducts the x-rays – that’s a guarantee at South Shore ER.
The low levels of radiation used in x-rays are generally safe, but know that your doctor will only recommend an x-ray during pregnancy if it is essential. Additional safety measures can also be taken for pregnant patients.
Typically, you can eat and drink normally before an x-ray. However, if your x-ray involves the gastrointestinal tract or uses contrast dye, your doctor may provide specific instructions regarding fasting prior to your appointment.

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