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X-Ray

An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. An x-ray image can be taken of any bone in the body. A chest x-ray can also be performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall. X-ray exams are offered on a walk in basis. These are performed in Poway, from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday, and Escondido, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday. Please bring your physicians order, insurance card and a picture ID.

 

Some common uses of the procedure include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation.

  • Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.

  • Look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths, bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.

  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.

  • Locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.

  • Diagnose pneumonia.

  • Diagnose emphysema and/or lung cancer.


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How Should I Prepare?

Most x-rays require no special preparation. You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and

to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any

metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images. Women should always inform their

physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. If an x-ray is necessary,

precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

 

Additionaly information about Ultrasound exams in general or a specific exam can be accessed

at www.RadiologyInfo.org