What other pre-treatment procedures might occur when an individual enters an urgent care center location? In the last article phlebotomy was discussed briefly in order to help patients understand what the process means. It also covered who would perform the procedure. Some information on why this may be done as well.

In this article x-rays will be covered. These may not be a procedure at every urgent care so it is important to call ahead and understand what may be desired and possible.

An x-ray may be vital to determine the patient diagnosis and treatment on an injury to the body. In an urgent care setting, and x-ray may sometimes be necessary. Scientists and physicians are in agreement that when imaging of the internal workings of the body is necessary for immediate medical intervention, the benefits of the use of x-ray equipment far outweigh the risks that may be involved. Some patients may be concerned about the amount of radiation that is emitted from the x-ray machine.

The amount of radiation a patient might be subjected to from an X-ray machine is very low. According to the Radiological Society of North America the exposure from a chest X-ray is close if not equal to the amount of radiation received in ten days from the everyday sources we come into contact with. These everyday exposures include elements such as the levels of radon gas in homes, rays emitted from the sun, and cosmic radiation from outer space. If a patient fears an X-ray could be harmful it is important and always acceptable to discuss any concerns with the doctor or other medical professional on hand.

The radiation exposure from CT scans is significantly higher than from a single X-ray. MRI and ultrasound produce no radiation exposure.

If there is any chance that a patient could be pregnant, the x-ray technician should be sure to ask the patient. Always tell any doctor ordering an X-ray of personal medical history or concerns. There is a slight risk that the X-rays will harm a developing child in utero. This is because a child’s tissues are growing rapidly, making them more sensitive to radiation than tissues of an adult.

For the safety of an unborn child’s, X-rays should not be taken of a pregnant woman’s abdomen and should be taken of other parts of the body only after the patient has been fitted with a special shield for the abdominal area.

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