X-Ray Imaging Specialist
X-Ray Imaging Services are Available at Express Health Urgent Care. Visit Express Health for all of your urgent care needs. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Brooklyn NYC, East Harlem NYC, Coney Island NYC, Nostrand NYC, and Metropolitan NYC.
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A type of radiation called electromagnetic waves produces X-rays. The purpose of X-ray imaging is to create pictures of the inside of your body. Different shades of black and white are shown on the images of your body. The reason for this is that different tissues absorb radiation at different rates. X-rays are absorbed most by calcium in bones, so bones appear white. Soft tissue like fat absorbs less energy and looks grayer, lungs look black because air absorbs the least.
X-rays are most commonly used to check for fractures (broken bones), but they can also be used in other ways. Chest x-rays, for instance, can detect pneumonia. X-rays are used to detect breast cancer during mammograms.
In order to protect certain parts of your body during an x-ray, you may wear a lead apron. An x-ray emits a small amount of radiation. The radiation dose you receive from a chest x-ray, for example, is similar to what you naturally receive from the environment over a 10-day period.
An X-ray machine can be found in doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices, emergency rooms, and hospitals. A safe level of radiation records an image on a plate following passing through your body. X-rays cannot be felt.
Your body is positioned by the technologist so that the necessary views can be obtained. To help you hold the position, he or she might use pillows or sandbags. The X-ray exposure requires you to remain still and sometimes hold your breath to avoid blurring the image.
Simple X-rays can take a few minutes, but more involved procedures, such as those using contrast media, may take longer.
Different parts of the body absorb X-ray energy at different rates as they pass through. X-rays have difficulty passing through dense parts of your body, such as bone, which appear as clear white areas on the image. Your heart and lungs are darker because they are soft and can pass through X-rays more easily.
Most areas of the body can be examined with X-rays. An x-ray is mainly used to examine bones and joints, but it can also detect problems affecting soft tissue, such as internal organs.
There is a wide range of diagnoses that can be made using X-ray imaging including bone breaks and fractures, scoliosis, tooth problems like dental abscesses and loose teeth, cancerous and non-cancerous bone tumors, and heart problems. Lung problems such as cancer and pneumonia, dysphagia, breast cancer, and heart problems may also be identified.
Doctors or surgeons can also use X-rays to guide them during certain procedures. An X-ray can be used to guide a catheter (a long, thin, flexible tube) along an artery during coronary angioplasty, for example.
Insurance usually covers X-rays. If you have a high deductible and have not met it, you will have to pay for the x-ray out-of-pocket until you meet your deductible, which may range between $100 and $1,000. Your insurance plan should tell you what your co-pay and coinsurance will be once you have met your deductible. Before calling your insurance company, ask your doctor for the procedure and diagnosis codes.
Ask your insurance company what the price would be for your local hospital, urgent care center, and independent radiology/imaging center based on those codes. Occasionally, insurance companies deny x-rays. There are many reasons for this, including clarifying a diagnosis code. The x-ray can still be obtained out of pocket if your insurance does not cover it. Insurance inquiries can be made through the Express Health Urgent Care website. Express Health Urgent Care offers X-ray imaging services to help obtain a swift diagnosis for many different conditions. Visit Express Health for all of your urgent care needs. We have convenient locations to serve you. For more information, call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Brooklyn NYC, Queens NY, East Harlem NYC, Manhattan NY, Coney Island NYC, Midwood NY, Nostrand NYC, Ridgewood NY, Metropolitan NYC, Greenwich Village NY, and surrounding areas.