Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar
A Private Medical Practice located in Santa Cruz Plaza, Tucson, AZ
Getting an X-ray lets you and your doctor see inside your body to find tissue damage or monitor your progress in treatment. At Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar in Tucson, Arizona, Javier Rios, MD, and his team provide X-ray imaging to diagnose broken bones, tumors, lung conditions, and more. To find out if you need an X-ray for any reason, call Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar to request an appointment or book your visit online today.
X-Rays Q & A
What are X-rays?
X-rays are quick and painless diagnostic tests that generate images of your internal body parts. During the test, electromagnetic waves also referred to as X-ray beams, are sent into your body to create the image.
Your body absorbs the X-ray beam in varying amounts based on the density of the body part being evaluated. Dense body parts, such as your bones, absorb more of the X-ray beams than less dense body parts, such as your lungs. When you look at your X-ray image, your bones show up as white images, while your lungs are black. Fatty tissue appears as varying shades of gray.
Why would I need an X-ray?
The team at Clinica Medica Familiar may recommend an X-ray for many reasons. Some of the most common include:
Look for bone fractures
Evaluate joints for signs of arthritis
Diagnose an infection, such as pneumonia or a bone infection
Screen for lung or breast cancer
Assess heart health
Screen for osteoporosis
The team may also recommend an X-ray to find a swallowed item, such as a coin.
What happens during an X-ray?
Clinica Medica Familiar performs your X-ray at the office. What you can expect during your X-ray depends on the reason for the test and the area of your body being evaluated. You may be asked to change into an exam gown and remove any jewelry prior to the imaging.
Once you’re ready, the X-ray technician at Clinica Medica Familiar adjusts the position of your body and takes the requested images. In most cases, the X-ray only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any downtime afterward.
The team at Clinica Medica Familiar reviews the results of your X-ray and provides additional recommendations to address the findings.
What happens during an X-ray?
X-rays are a safe diagnostic test. Many people worry about X-rays because of radiation exposure. However, you’re only exposed to low amounts of radiation during the diagnostic test and the benefits of the test far outweigh the risks.
However, X-rays aren’t recommended during pregnancy. Though the risk of radiation exposure to your baby is limited, the team may recommend an ultrasound instead if you need diagnostic imaging. Clinica Medica Familiar offers in-office ultrasound testing.
Clinica Medica Familiar is a full-service family medicine practice dedicated to providing high-quality health care to every patient, including needed X-rays. For an appointment, call the office most convenient to you or click the online booking button today.