X-ray imaging can give you answers when you’re sick or injured. At Triad Internal Medicine in Asheboro, North Carolina, Chelsea Poe, FNP, and Kirstie Ferrel, FNP, offer digital X-rays at the office. On-site X-rays save time by skipping the drive to the hospital or imaging facility while giving you a faster solution for your medical problems. Call the office or schedule your X-ray online today.
An X-ray is the oldest and best-known type of medical imaging. It creates pictures of the structures inside your body and is a valuable diagnostic tool for both injury and illness.
Triad Internal Medicine offers the most advanced digital X-rays in the office. While traditional X-rays create images on film, digital X-rays create images on a computer.
When you have an X-ray, tiny doses of radiation move through your body. You absorb the radiation particles in varying amounts based on the density of the tissues in your body.
Bones have the highest density — they readily absorb radiation and appear white on X-rays. Other less-dense tissues like fat, muscle, and air within the lungs appear in varying shades of gray.
X-rays are safe and reliable. The amount of radiation absorbed by your body isn’t enough to harm you. With digital X-rays, your radiation exposure is far lower than with traditional X-rays.
With a chest X-ray, you absorb about 0.1 mSv — roughly equal to what you absorb from normal environmental exposure over about 10 days.
The tiny amount of radiation absorbed in a necessary X-ray produces vital information that helps with diagnosis and treatment.
You could need an X-ray to check for issues, such as:
If the cause of your symptoms isn’t clear, your provider typically uses an X-ray as your first diagnostic imaging exam. If the X-ray doesn’t reveal the cause of your symptoms, you may need an MRI or CT scan.
The X-ray process varies with the part of the body requiring examination but, in general, your X-ray technician positions you so the X-ray machine can reach the necessary area. It’s important to hold still as your technician runs the X-ray machine.
The process takes just a few minutes and is completely painless. Because the X-rays happen on-site, the providers at Triad Internal Medicine can promptly read the digital images and make a diagnosis and treatment plan right away.
Call Triad Internal Medicine or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about X-rays.