Panorama City Urgent Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Panorama City, CA

X-rays can be used to diagnose a variety of health-related conditions. Panorama City Urgent Care in Panorama City, California, has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment on-site, including digital X-rays and lab services to assist with a precise diagnosis of your health conditions. If you’re looking for a modern treatment that comes with compassionate care, call Panorama City Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today.

X-Ray Q & A

Panorama City Urgent Care

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is an imaging technology that allows your doctor to see inside your body without a surgical procedure. X-rays are used to diagnose medical conditions as well as monitoring and treating them.

Several types of X-rays provide different results, including:

  • CT or CAT scans: create cross-sectional images within the body
  • Fluoroscopy: provide a moving image so the area is seen in motion
  • Radiography: a single image, like a mammogram, capturing inner structures of the body

Some X-ray procedures, like colonoscopies which examine your colon, require special preparation beforehand.

Panorama City Urgent Care offers X-rays, lab services, and bloodwork on-site.

Why do I need an X-ray?

Your doctor requests an X-ray for several reasons. Depending on your age, your physical examination might require preventive X-ray testing such as colon and breast cancer screenings. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, an X-ray can provide insight into the cause.

If you suffer from a chronic condition like osteoporosis, an X-ray can help your doctor monitor its progression or determine if medical treatment is working.

Your doctor might also recommend an X-ray because of conditions that include:

  • Enlarged heart
  • Lung conditions
  • Pain management
  • Digestive problems
  • Neck and back pain
  • Fractures or infections
  • Blocked blood vessels

Advancements in X-ray technology have greatly improved the diagnosis and treatment of several medical conditions in people of all ages.

What can I expect during an X-ray?

X-rays are routine procedures that often require little preparation. You might have to change into a hospital gown and remove jewelry or metal items beforehand.

Some X-ray technology requires contrast material. Also known as a contrast dye, this substance is used to improve image quality and might contain iodine or barium compounds. Contrast dye is either swallowed, injected, or given rectally as an enema.

X-ray procedures like colonoscopies that examine your gastrointestinal tract usually require fasting, medication modification, and special instructions from your physician on clearing your bowels.

During your X-ray, you’re positioned by a technician or radiologist to capture the X-ray images.

Learn more about X-rays and lab services offered at Panorama City Urgent Care, call or schedule your appointment today.