Thanks to X-ray technology, it’s possible to diagnose and monitor certain medical conditions without a more invasive procedure. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, offers X-rays to people of all ages using state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. To make an appointment at the practice in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
An X-ray is a diagnostic imaging technique that captures detailed photos of your bones, joints, and internal organs. It makes it easier to detect potentially serious health problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
There are several different types of X-rays. For example, a traditional X-ray can detect bone fractures, while a mammogram is an X-ray used to diagnose breast cancer.
StatMD uses X-rays for various reasons, including to:
Following an in-office consultation and a discussion of your symptoms, your StatMD provider determines if an X-ray is necessary.
An X-ray is a routine procedure that requires little preparation. On the day of your appointment, wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave any metal accessories at home like jewelry or your watch. If you have any metal implants, let your StatMD provider know before your X-ray, as they may prevent the machine from capturing a clear image.
Your provider might ask you to take a “contrast dye” depending on the type of X-ray needed. Contrast dyes contain iodine or barium, compounds that improve the clarity of the X-ray image. If you’re getting an X-ray of your gastrointestinal tract, you might also need to fast beforehand.
To ensure patient convenience, StatMD offers X-ray imaging on-site. Before taking your X-rays, your provider asks you to maintain a specific position. Depending on the area of the body X-rayed, you might sit, stand, or lie down.
Once you’re situated, your provider takes a series of X-rays. Stay very still until you’re cleared to change position. Movement can affect the quality or clarity of the images.
X-rays are safe and usually well-tolerated, but they do expose you to low levels of radiation. If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, let your provider know. To be safe, they might recommend a different type of imaging procedure like a CT scan or an MRI.
To see if you can benefit from an X-ray, make an appointment at StatMD by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.