X-rays, a form of electromagnetic radiation akin to visible light, are utilized in medical imaging procedures. Employing an x-ray machine, individual x-ray particles traverse through the body, with resulting images captured digitally or on film. Notably, dense structures like bone impede most x-ray particles, appearing white on the image, while metallic objects and contrast media exhibit similar white hues. Conversely, air-filled structures appear black, while muscle, fat, and fluids manifest as varying shades of gray.

Conducting the test typically occurs in a hospital radiology department or healthcare provider's office, with positioning contingent on the specific type of x-ray required. Maintaining stillness during the procedure is essential to prevent image blurring, often necessitating breath-holding or momentary immobilization.

Preparation involves informing the healthcare team of pregnancy status or the presence of an intrauterine device (IUD). Some examinations necessitate the administration of contrast dye to enhance visibility of certain areas on the x-rays. Prior allergic reactions to contrast require disclosure, potentially prompting pre-test medication administration.

Contrast may be administered intravenously, via rectal enema, or orally, depending on the type of scan. Although generally painless, certain body positions may cause temporary discomfort during the procedure.

X-ray exposure is carefully monitored to minimize radiation risks, with the benefits of appropriate imaging typically outweighing potential hazards. Nevertheless, sensitivity to radiation is heightened in young children and fetuses, necessitating disclosure of pregnancy to healthcare providers before undergoing x-ray examinations.

Updated Technology

At the core of your medical journey is the patient-centric design of the Philips C-90 X-ray machine, complemented by a low-height table ensuring accessible and comfortable positioning during your examination. This innovative feature underscores our commitment to your well-being, facilitating ease of access and minimizing any discomfort throughout the imaging process. With its advanced technology seamlessly integrated into every aspect of your care, the Philips C-90 prioritizes safety, efficiency, and patient care, ensuring that you receive the highest quality diagnostic results with comfort and convenience. You can trust in the Philips C-90 to illuminate the path toward your health and healing, guided by compassion and excellence in medical imaging.

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All exams require an order from your healthcare provider. Once you have an order, call (209) 339-7505 to schedule your exam. X-ray and mammograms are available on a walk-in basis.