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Select Family Practice and Urgent Care

Family Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

If you have an injury or illness, your health care provider can use an X-rays to examine the inside of your body and gather information for your diagnosis. At Select Family Practice and Urgent Care in Raleigh, North Carolina, the team of medical experts offers in-house X-ray service for your family’s convenience. You can count on state-of-the-art medical care at Select Family Practice and Urgent Care. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

X-Rays Q & A

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a diagnostic imaging tool that allows your health care provider to see inside your body, without having to resort to surgery. Your provider uses an electromagnetic wave of energy to create an image of the internal composition of your body. The team at Select Family Practice and Urgent Care uses X-ray radiography to diagnose a variety of injuries and illnesses, although there are other types of X-rays, such as mammograms and fluoroscopes.

How does an X-ray work?

When you have an X-ray, you place the part of your body being examined between two components of an X-ray machine. One part sends the controlled dose of electromagnetic radiation, and the other detects it.

As the radiation passes through your body, your bones and soft tissues absorb the radiation. The rest of the energy passes on to the detector, which creates a black and white image, based on the amount and location of the radiation that passes through and around your body. For example, your bones are dense and don’t allow the energy to pass through them, so they leave high-contrast white impressions on an X-ray image.

Are X-rays safe?

X-rays are quite safe. Over the years X-ray technology has continued to improve, and the amount of radiation necessary is smaller than ever. Your technician or health care provider does leave the room to turn on the X-ray equipment, and you will be given a protective garment, but these are precautions.

X-rays are completely painless. You don’t feel anything during the procedure. And the process of taking an X-ray is relatively quick, usually less than 15 minutes.

Why would I need an X-ray?

The team at Select Family Practice and Urgent Care uses X-rays for a variety of diagnostic purposes. For example, they use X-rays to identify:

  • Bone fractures
  • Tumors and abnormal masses
  • Pneumonia and other lung abnormalities
  • Certain soft-tissue injuries
  • Calcifications, such as bone spurs
  • Location of foreign objects

If you or a member of your family need an X-ray or have a suspected broken bone or another injury, call Select Family Practice and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online for expert diagnosis including X-rays and customized treatment.