If you break a bone or experience another type of injury, your doctor might recommend undergoing a series of X-rays to pinpoint the underlying issue. Expert internist Cristobal Rosario, MD, PA, and the caring team at Gulf Coast Internists in New Port Richey and Palm Harbor, Florida, proudly offer in-office X-rays to diagnose and treat an array of common problems. To make your appointment, call the office nearest you and speak with a friendly team member or book online today.
X-rays are a type of diagnostic imaging that allow your Gulf Coast Internists provider to view the inside of your body without making an incision. X-rays help your doctor diagnose, monitor, and treat a variety of common medical conditions.
There are several types of X-rays, including mammograms and X-rays combined with barium. The team at Gulf Coast Internists conducts all X-rays on site, but the type of X-ray you’ll most benefit from depends on your symptoms and your individual health history.
There are several reasons you might need an X-ray. The team at Gulf Coast Internists regularly uses in-office X-rays to monitor the progression of certain diseases, examine areas of the body causing pain, and to check on the progress of prescribed treatment methods.
Some of the most common conditions that benefit from X-rays include:
You might also benefit from an X-ray if you swallow a foreign object.
Preparing for an X-ray is easy. The team at Gulf Coast Internists performs X-rays in-office, so you won’t have to visit another facility. On the day of your appointment, wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave all metal jewelry at home.
You should also let your doctor know if you have any metal implants, like a prosthetic joint or pacemaker. These medical devices can block X-ray waves and prevent your doctor from making an adequate diagnosis.
Depending on the type of X-ray you’re receiving, you might also need to take a contrast material. There are several ways to receive contrast material, including swallowing or drinking the substance, getting an enema, or receiving an injection.
If you’re getting an X-ray on your stomach or abdominal tract, your doctor might also ask you to fast for 8-12 hours prior to your appointment.
Before you get an in-office X-ray, you change into a hospital gown. Next, you lie or sit down on an exam table and your doctor places a specialized plate over the part of your body being examined. Then, a large camera attached to a steel arm takes a series of images.
The images display on a computer monitor, allowing your doctor to make a proper diagnosis. X-rays are quick and pain-free. The entire process usually takes 20-30 minutes. After your appointment, you can return to normal activity right away.
If you’re interested in learning more about in-office X-rays, make an appointment at Gulf Coast Internists by calling the office nearest you or booking online today.