X-Ray imaging had been used in hospitals and imaging centers for nearly one hundred years, although the technology has become safer and more effective overtime. As such, it's still a fairly common procedure involving the passage of radioactive particles through objects in the form of X-Rays. Images produced by X-Rays are seen as a relief of black and white on special film, and allow medical professionals to be able to see through a solid object.
X-Rays are primarily used to evaluate injuries and bone structure throughout the body, including:
- Head, Skull and Paranasal sinuses
- Teeth, Mouth and Jaw
- Hands, Wrists, Elbows, Shoulders and Forearm
- Femur, Tibia Fibula, Foot and Heel
- Full body skeleton
- Spine (Checks for Scoliosis)
Medical Imaging of Grapevine is at the forefront of our industry when it comes to providing top-notch medical care, and since we're a privately owned facility operated by board certified radiologists, we can offer the same imaging modalities you'd get at a hospital-run imaging center for a fraction of the price.
When an X-Ray machine sends radiation particles through a body structure, an image of the structure shows up on film. Denser body structures allow fewer particles to reach the other side, which is why the image appears as shades of black and white. The images taken are completely digital; these can be manipulated on a computer.
While this imaging modality is primarily used to diagnose fractures in the bone, chest X-Rays can be used to evaluate fluid buildup in the lungs in the case of pneumonia, pleural effusion and heart failure. There are various other uses for X-Rays that allow physicians to be able to monitor conditions and study the effects of treatment on the body with more precision.
X-Rays, from the standpoint of the patient, are simple, quick and common. There are typically no special preparation instructions for an X-Ray before the day of the procedure. Depending on the area of the body that images will focus, patients are asked to put on a hospital gown and occasionally a bib to protect other parts of the body from radiation. To prevent the need for prolonged multiple exposure to X-Ray radiation, patients are required to stay still while images are being taken.
At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, X-Rays are just one of many medical imaging modalities we offer to patients. For more information about how to access world-class care at a lower cost than other facilities, contact Medical Imaging of Grapevine today.