American River Urgent Care
Urgent Care located in Orangevale, CA
When you need immediate answers about a possible broken bone or other condition, you can rely on American River Urgent Care. The practice, located in Orangevale, California, provides digital X-rays onsite, so you and your family can receive proper treatment as soon as possible. Call today, or book a consultation online.
X-Rays Q & A
Why do I need an X-ray?
Your provider at American River Urgent Care recommends X-rays to diagnose a variety of medical issues, including:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Bowel blockages
- Sprains or tears
- Lung problems, such as pneumonia
- Heart conditions
An X-ray is also sometimes required for a pre-employment physical.
What does an X-ray do?
X-rays send low-level radiation into select areas of your body to create images. Radiation is absorbed by the various tissues in your body depending on the density of your bones and tissues.
Though X-rays can seem confusing to the untrained eye, they are an essential diagnostic tool for doctors. Different materials in the body will show up as:
- Shades of grey
The contrast on the X-ray allows your provider at American River Urgent Care to see the complete picture of your body’s internal functioning.
What should I expect during an X-ray?
During an X-ray at American River Urgent Care, a certified technician positions your body to place the X-ray instrument over the area being X-rayed. You remain still. The X-ray itself takes only a second and doesn't hurt.
The technician may move you around to take X-rays from different angles to provide your physician with as much information as possible. The entire process is over in just a few minutes.
Afterward, your provider at American River Urgent Care discusses the results and recommends follow-up treatment when needed.
Are X-rays safe?
Generally, the amount of radiation in an X-ray is minimal. The effects are no different than the cumulative effect of radiation to which you’re exposed in the environment as you go about your day. Besides, the diagnostic benefits of X-rays greatly outweigh the risks.
What are the benefits of onsite X-rays?
At a traditional doctor’s office, X-rays and lab testing are typically provided at a separate location. Unfortunately, this set-up wastes time as you travel to other offices and wait for your results.
The providers at American River Urgent Care strive to minimize your stress by providing convenient and efficient access to necessary medical services, including X-rays and lab testing. The certified X-ray technicians are expertly trained and can answer your questions regarding the diagnostic process, so you feel safe and confident in your procedure.
Call today, or book a consultation online.