Why You Might Need an X-Ray Clinic

X-rays are commonly known, but the uses of an x-ray clinic might not be. More than just a place you go to confirm if your bone is broken, there are myriad reasons that you might end up in an x-ray clinic. From your bones to your aorta, x-rays can help doctors gain information on many possible things.

Why You Might Need an X-Ray Clinic

Normally reserved for emergency rooms, it’s rare to find an urgent care center like Rapid Med that has an x-ray clinic. However, we view it as one of the most important features of our clinic. Because we have the capability to perform x-rays, we are able to diagnose many things we would otherwise be clueless about. X-rays are one of the most important pieces of modern medical technology, for a host of reasons.

There is a lot of things you might need to know about your bones, and many more constantly floating around doctors heads. With bones (hopefully) not being visible, it can be hard to know if something is going on with them. X-rays go a great distance in solving this issue, though they have more capabilities than that. Here are some things you might want to know about x-ray clinics.

What, Exactly, is an X-Ray

An x-ray is actually a type of radiation, otherwise known as an electromagnetic wave. This is why the procedure for x-rays is so carefully undertaken. As you can imagine, any errant radiation can have harmful effects on your body. Luckily, doctors and radiologists have gone to great lengths to minimize the effects of radiation from an x-ray. In today’s day and age, you are unlikely to have health complications as the result of an x-ray. An x-ray gives out a radiation dose similar to what you would get from 10 days of being outside.

These electromagnetic waves bounce throughout your body when an x-ray is performed, allowing us to “see” inside of you. Like an ultrasound, doctors are able to use imaging technology to read the information from the electromagnetic waves. The calcium in our bones absorb the most electromagnetic waves and therefore appear white. Other material, like fat, can appear gray, while air will appear black.

The Uses of X-Rays

If you have experience with x-rays, it’s likely from one of two things: you’ve either broken a bone, or you’ve been through airport security.

Broken bones are the most common use of x-rays, and what most people jump to. Airport security picking them up is well known, too. Here, airport security uses the electromagnetic waves to check for certain things that might be dangerous. Sharp metal is one example, though x-rays can also pick up on most kinds of explosives. This is also important for one of the medical uses of x-rays: if a person’s body has a foreign object in it, an x-ray should be able to pick it up. Hopefully, patients are aware if anything has been jammed inside them, but an x-ray lets us know the exact location.

X-rays are also being used to fight cancer, as the radiation can kill infected cells. It can also help look for diseases like pneumonia, which will show as black spots on the lung when under an x-ray. Additionally, x-rays are used outside of the medical field to check for counterfeit art: under radiation, different kinds of paint show up differently.

Why X-Rays are Important

Discovered in 1901, x-rays opened up a whole new world of medicine. By allowing doctors to see inside the body, x-rays added a significant amount of information for doctors to work with. As we’ve discussed before, there is something of a guessing game to working in the medical profession. Applying the scientific method to each patient, doctors can determine probable illnesses and injuries by looking at the symptoms a patient has, and any other information they can gain.

Strep throat is a great example of this. Otherwise indistinguishable from a harsh cold, when it was recognized that strep can cause white spots, it changed how doctors handle strep. Now, that is one of the earliest checks that a doctor will do when presented with a coughing patient. This allows them to more easily, and more accurately, diagnose one of the most common illnesses in America.

You can imagine what opening an entirely new line of sight could do. Without an x-ray, there is no way to be sure if a bone is broken or if a person has pneumonia without cutting them open. Of course, surgery is better reserved for when a doctor is sure. This is why having an x-ray clinic is so important.

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