After a fall or sports injury, you might need diagnostic X-rays to identify broken bones or other causes of pain. At Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, the skilled family physicians offer on-site X-ray technologies at their offices in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana. You can get fast, accurate X-ray results during the same appointment without having to leave the office. To learn more about the benefits of diagnostic X-rays, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
X-rays are painless diagnostic tests that use electromagnetic waves to create pictures of structures inside your body.
Your tissues absorb radiation differently to create black and white images of your bones, fat, organs, and soft tissues.
The Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, providers might request X-rays to confirm a break in your bones.
You might also need X-rays to identify underlying health issues of your pain or other symptoms like:
The type of X-ray you need depends on your symptoms and your overall health. Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, offers on-site X-rays, so you won’t have to leave the office to get a comprehensive diagnosis.
Depending on the type of X-ray, you might need to change into a gown before your test.
You can expect to lie comfortably on an exam table. The staff technician will align the X-ray machine over a specific area of your body. To protect you from unnecessary radiation exposure, you might need to wear a lead vest or blanket over other parts of your body.
If you have an X-ray to identify gastrointestinal issues or blood vessel blockages, your provider will inject a contrast dye into your vein. They use fluoroscopy, a live X-ray technology, to follow the stain through your digestive tract or bloodstream.
While X-rays aren’t painful, you might experience some discomfort during your testing. To get the clearest pictures of your bone and other inner structures, the technician may ask you to move in different ways that may temporarily be uncomfortable.
Once your X-rays are complete, a radiologist will interpret them and explain your diagnosis. The providers at Bossier Family Medicine, LLC, will then discuss your options for treating your condition.
You might need additional X-rays to monitor the healing process of broken bones or to ensure treatment for other conditions is working properly.
To learn more about the benefits of diagnostic X-rays, call the Bossier Family Medicine, LLC office nearest you or book a consultation online today.