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.
An X-ray is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure. Your physician might recommend that you get one in order to view the inner structures of your body and identify areas of tissue damage.
When you get an X-ray, the result is a black and white image. Your bones are most prominent in the image as they appear white on a black background. Other tissue types appear in different shades of grayscale.
X-ray machines emit beams of radiation called electromagnetic waves. Radiation in large doses can pose a risk for your health, but getting an X-ray every once in a while as an otherwise healthy person usually has more benefits for your health (e.g. identifying injuries and illnesses that need treatment) than risks. The radiation that comes from an X-ray is a low dose.
When you get an X-ray at Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar, your provider asks you to wear a hospital gown and remove any jewelry from your body. They might also ask you to wear a lead apron to protect parts of your body they don’t need to view on the X-ray.
The X-ray machine emits beams of electromagnetic energy that pass through your body. Different tissue types absorb different amounts of energy and appear in different shades on the image.
In some cases, your provider injects a contrast medium, like barium or iodine, into your bloodstream or asks you to ingest it to make the image more detailed.
The team at Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar might recommend you get an X-ray so they can make an accurate diagnosis, or they might ask you to get one so they can monitor a medical condition that you already know you have.
In some cases, an X-ray can help them determine whether or not a treatment is working for you.
You can get an X-ray to detect or monitor:
If an X-ray might help you in some way, the team at Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar can explain it in detail to you so you know why you need one and what to expect.
To find out more about X-ray imaging and if you need it for your condition, book an appointment by phone or online at Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar today.