Clear, Comfortable X-rays

X-rays are invisible, high-energy light rays with a very short wavelength. These properties enable the energy to pass through many materials. Since X-rays can easily pass through skin, but not bone, healthcare professionals use them to take photographs of a person’s skeleton and other internal structures in a fast and painless manner. X-rays allow doctors to see, search for, and track abnormalities inside the body without making a single incision, giving them the necessary information to make better, more accurate diagnoses for a meaningful improvement in quality of life.

If you need to have an X-ray, allow our friendly, professional staff at Longhorn Imaging to make your experience comfortable and easy. We deliver X-rays with warm, personalized care at our imaging centers in North Austin, South Austin, Cedar Park, Killeen, Marble Falls, Bastrop, and Onion Creek.

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The benefits of X-rays

X-rays are an important imaging tool, used for a variety of purposes. These tests are helpful when it comes to surgical treatment planning, to diagnose certain conditions and monitor treatment, and provide guidance for medical personnel when placing medical devices in the body. X-rays can also reveal unexpected information that deviates from the initial reason for the exam. For example, it can potentially expose infections in the bone or certain types of tumors. Although X-rays may not be the only test performed to diagnose diseases or other medical conditions, these tests play an important role in the diagnostic process. 

Other benefits of X-rays include:

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to experience
  • Can identify health conditions
  • Lower radiation than some tests

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Getting an X-ray

X-rays have been used in medicine for more than a century. Since then, many improvements have been made, but the basic concept remains the same. X-rays are essentially photographs created using invisible light from the higher end of the electromagnetic spectrum. Since there are dangers associated with this kind of light, facilities that perform X-ray exams take numerous safety precautions, such as wearing a safety vest and clearing the room while the test is administered. X-rays are radioactive, but the machines use levels safe for adult humans. You should avoid getting an X-ray if you are pregnant.

While the dangers associated with X-rays were not known a century ago, they became clearer and are almost negligible nowadays. Over time, doctors discovered that there are many ways in which X-rays can be useful. As a result, these radioactive pulses can detect: 

  • Broken bones
  • Osteoporosis
  • Certain heart conditions
  • Tumors

The versatility and relatively low cost of X-rays make this imaging test a great tool for doctors to explore any internal conditions patients may have. If your healthcare provider has suggested that you have an X-ray test, visit Longhorn Imaging for fast and reliable diagnostic imaging – in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

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