An X-ray is a form of radiation consisting of electromagnetic waves. Physicians use X-ray devices to take pictures of the inside of the body, serving an important diagnostic function. X-ray imagery works due to different forms of tissue in the body absorbing radiation at different rates.
X-ray technology is used for a variety of reasons and can diagnose many different problems including:
Cancers and tumors
Fluid in lungs
Types of X-rays
There are multiple types of X-rays that have been developed to serve different diagnostic functions, as well as to assist in surgical or other medical procedures. Different forms of X-ray imagery include:
Radiography: A static image taken by a technician that allows physicians to view the inside of the body non-invasively.
Computed Tomography (CT): Multiple X-ray images are taken from different angles and reconstructed by computer into a cross-section of internal organs and tissue.
Fluoroscopy: This process involves a continuous X-ray image that is transmitted to a monitor. Fluoroscopy is used in many surgical procedures to help surgeons see the inside of the body and minimize the level of invasiveness.
The healthcare professionals at BEST Health System are highly-skilled and can help you find the best diagnostic procedure for you. Get in touch with our team and see what options are available.
X-ray Procedure Sessions
During an X-ray procedure, patients will typically wear a lead apron over any area not being imaged to lessen the exposure to the radiation. The technician performing the X-ray will stand behind a barrier during the imaging. Radiation levels are typically very small for normal images, and although CT and Fluoroscopy involve higher levels, they are still well within the acceptable amount.
Most X-ray sessions are very short, and can be completed within 15 to 30 minutes, but the X-ray itself typically takes under a minute or two. CT scans may take longer, as they are taking a 360-degree view of the body.
The Cost of X-rays
Diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays, are covered by most insurance carriers if it is necessary for diagnosis. This is also generally true for therapeutic procedures using X-ray imagery. BEST Health System accepts medicare, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases.
Chronic pain related to an injury or age-related condition can severely limit your quality of life. At BEST Health System, our team can review your diagnostic imagery to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our treatment options. Contact us today to learn more.