X-rays have been providing better diagnoses and helping to save lives for decades. New digital technologies like those used at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists make X-rays even more useful — and safer as well. The practice has three convenient offices in University Park, Ellenton, and Bradenton, Florida, that offer digital X-rays to patients on-site for faster diagnosis and treatment. Find out more by calling the Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists office nearest you today or request an appointment online.
X-rays or radiographs are the oldest kind of diagnostic technology. They use electromagnetic radiation, which is similar to the light you can see around you. X-rays are different in that they emit higher energy, which means they can pass through most objects.
Medical X-rays use this ability to create images of the inside of your body. The X-ray technician places a detector behind you when you have an X-ray. The X-rays pass through the detector as well as your body, forming an image that represents the tissues, bones, and any foreign objects inside you.
Digital technology is the most modern way of taking and analyzing X-rays of your foot and ankle bones.
The X-ray pictures go to a computer that converts them into a digital (computerized) format. It’s then possible to enlarge, rotate, or flip the X-ray images over. Your provider can also print the X-rays, email them, or place them on a storage device like a disk.
Digital radiography makes it easier for your provider to diagnose injuries like minor fractures and bone spurs that could be hard to see with older forms of X-rays.
No special preparation is involved in having an X-ray, and the procedure is quick and painless. When you go to the radiography room, the technician places your foot in the correct position, and you stay still until they’ve taken the X-ray.
The radiography team then develops the images and sends them to your doctor, who reviews the results with you.
Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists offer digital X-rays on site. This is a lot more convenient than having to go to another facility for your diagnostic imaging.
X-rays are generally safe, but they do use a kind of radiation that’s harmful to living tissue. Despite this, the benefits of getting an accurate and fast diagnosis far outweigh the risks involved with having X-rays.
The likelihood of you developing cancer from X-rays is remote. However, unless there’s no alternative, it’s best not to have X-rays if you’re pregnant.
To find out more about X-rays and how they help with your diagnosis, call Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists today or request an appointment online.