X-rays are a noninvasive medical test that helps diagnose and treat conditions. For your convenience, the team at Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., in Valdosta, Georgia, performs X-rays on-site. The practice even has American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for CT scans. For comprehensive care from a full-service family medicine practice, call the office or schedule an appointment online. Walk-ins are welcome for urgent care needs.
X-rays are a noninvasive diagnostic test that creates images of your internal body parts. The test uses electromagnetic waves, a type of radiation, that uses various shadings of white, black, or gray to generate the pictures.
Bones show as white images, organs as gray images, and open space (air) as black images. X-rays are the oldest and most frequent form of medical imaging.
The team at Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., requests X-rays to diagnose and treat health conditions.
Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., primarily performs bone X-rays to look for fractures. Most bone X-rays require no special preparation, making it the perfect urgent care test for a quick diagnosis.
The team may request you change into an exam gown before your X-ray and have you remove any jewelry, dentures, eyeglasses, or other metal objects that might interfere with the imaging.
The team requests that you let them know if you’re pregnant or have an intrauterine device (IUD), which is a form of long-term birth control for women.
For abdominal X-rays, the team may delay the imaging test if you’ve recently taken bismuth (the active ingredient in Pepto Bismol®).
During your X-ray, the technician positions you on the X-ray table and adjusts the X-ray camera over the body part that needs pictures. Your technician adjusts the camera or your position so they can get multiple views of the body part.
Motion during an X-ray may cause blurry images. The team requests you hold still or hold your breath during the picture-taking.
After having X-rays, your physician reviews the images and talks to you about the results.
A CT scan, also known as a CAT scan, is a type of X-ray that takes multiple cross-sectional images of one section of your body to create detailed pictures.
Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., holds ACR accreditation for CT scans. They perform that noninvasive imaging test to diagnose and treat various medical conditions that affect the internal organs, bones, soft tissue, or blood vessels.
Diagnostic imaging provides valuable information that may help identify health problems. Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., offers on-site X-rays and CT scans. Call the office or book an appointment online today.