X-rays are truly a marvel of modern medical technology! X-rays provide the incredible ability to view people’s bones, teeth, lungs, intestines and other parts of their body. X-rays help doctors help countless people who suffer from various medical problems and health issues. X-ray technology has made significant advances over the recent years, and it is now even better ever. Preferred Imaging Centers specializes in X-rays for patients in the Chicago metro area. Because almost everyone in America will have multiple X-rays over their lifetime,  people often ask…. when are X-rays needed?

X-rays are commonly used as a diagnostic tool in medicine to visualize the inside of the body. They are typically needed in the following situations:

1. Fractures and bone injuries: X-rays are often used to assess the extent and location of bone fractures or injuries. They can help determine the severity of the injury and guide treatment.

2. Joint problems: X-rays can be used to diagnose conditions affecting the joints, such as arthritis or dislocations.

3. Pulmonary issues: X-rays are frequently used to examine the lungs and diagnose conditions such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, or lung cancer.

4. Dental problems: Dental X-rays are used to detect issues such as cavities, impacted teeth, or problems with the jaw.

5. Digestive system issue: X-rays of the abdomen can help diagnose conditions such as bowel obstructions, ulcers, or gastrointestinal perforations.

6. Soft tissue injuries: While X-rays are best for visualizing bones, they can also detect certain soft tissue injuries, such as muscle tears or foreign objects embedded in the body.

7. Monitoring medical treatments: X-rays may be used to monitor the progression of certain medical treatments, such as cancer treatments or the healing of bone fractures.

8. Screening for certain conditions: In some cases, X-rays may be used as a screening tool to detect certain conditions, such as lung cancer in individuals at high risk.

It’s important to note that while traditional X-rays are valuable diagnostic tools, they also involve exposure to ionizing radiation, which can have potential risks. Therefore, healthcare professionals typically weigh the benefits of obtaining an X-ray against the potential risks, especially in cases where alternative imaging methods may be available.

Cost of an X-Ray

As a rough estimate: we charge between $60-$100 depending on part of the body being scanned.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Preferred Imaging Centers has multiple imaging locations in the Chicago metro area which offer Digital X-rays. Digital X-rays offer several benefits compared to traditional film X-rays:

1. Reduced Radiation Exposure: Digital X-ray systems generally require less radiation compared to traditional film X-rays, making them safer for patients.

2. Faster Image Acquisition: Digital X-ray images are captured electronically and can be viewed almost instantly on a computer screen, eliminating the need for film processing time.

3. Enhanced Image Quality: Digital X-rays produce high-resolution images that can be manipulated to improve clarity and detail, making it easier for healthcare professionals to interpret and diagnose conditions accurately.

4. Convenience of Storage and Retrieval: Digital X-ray images are stored electronically, eliminating the need for physical storage space and reducing the risk of loss or damage. They can be easily retrieved and shared with other healthcare providers as needed.

5. Environmentally Friendly: Digital X-rays eliminate the need for chemicals used in film processing, making them more environmentally friendly.

6. Ability to Transmit Images Remotely: Digital X-ray images can be easily transmitted to specialists or consulting physicians for further evaluation, allowing for faster and more efficient collaboration on patient care.

7. Patient Comfort: Digital X-ray systems often have ergonomic designs that prioritize patient comfort, such as adjustable positioning and shorter examination times.

8. Integration with Electronic Health Records (EHR): Digital X-ray images can be seamlessly integrated into electronic health records, providing a comprehensive and centralized patient health history for better continuity of care.

Overall, digital X-rays offer improved efficiency, image quality, and safety compared to traditional film X-rays, making them a preferred choice in many healthcare settings.

Interesting X-ray Facts

Diagnostic X-rays typically use low doses of radiation. Modern X-ray equipment is designed to deliver the lowest effective dose necessary to produce clear images, minimizing the risk to patients.

A typical chest X-ray delivers a radiation dose of around 0.1 mSv to the patient. This is roughly equivalent to the amount of radiation a person receives from natural background sources (such as cosmic radiation and radon) in about 10 days.

Taking a long-haul flight across continents can expose a person to cosmic radiation from space. The radiation dose from a transatlantic flight, for instance, might be around 0.02 to 0.05 mSv.

When were x-rays invented?

X-rays were discovered accidentally by the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen on November 8, 1895. Röntgen was conducting experiments with cathode rays when he noticed that a fluorescent screen in his laboratory began to glow even though it was not directly exposed to the cathode rays. He realized that a new type of ray was being emitted from the cathode ray tube and named them “X-rays” due to their unknown nature. This accidental discovery marked the beginning of X-ray technology and revolutionized medical imaging and diagnosis. Röntgen’s discovery earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.

We invite you to contact Preferred Imaging Centers to schedule your X-rays at one of our convenient Chicago metro locations.

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