Patients - Your Exam
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 emphysema and/or lung cancer.
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.
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