Not Just for Bones: Other Reasons You May Need an X-Ray

Not Just for Bones: Other Reasons You May Need an X-Ray

For decades, X-rays have been the go-to diagnostic test to confirm bone fractures. The X-ray machine directs a beam of radiation at the target area, and your bones absorb the radiation. On film, this makes your bones appear white compared to soft tissues that don’t show up at all. 

But X-rays aren’t just for broken bones — they allow doctors to see inside you without making an incision.

At Calvary Urgent Care in Humble, Texas, Dr. Joseph Goin and our team use X-ray technology to help us diagnose a wide range of health conditions. There are several different types of X-rays, and each has special features that are useful for different medical conditions. 

Traditional X-rays

Conventional radiology X-rays are the type most people are familiar with. Using a low dose of radiation, the machine takes a 2D image on regular film, which means you — and your doctor — need to wait for the film to develop before you can see the results. This is the type used to detect bone fractures, calcium-dense tissues, and dental problems.

Digital X-rays

At Calvary Urgent Care, we use digital X-rays. They reveal the same information as the traditional film X-rays, but the results are instant, and they expose you to about 80% less radiation. 

Computerized tomography (CT) scan

If we need to get a closer look at your skeleton and soft tissues, we use a computerized tomography or CT scan. This machine generates a series of cross-sectioned pictures that come together in a 3D image. A CT scan can reveal:

We can use the CT scan to explore your body from different angles to give us a better view and help us make a more accurate diagnosis. 

Mammogram

If you’re a woman, you’re probably familiar with the mammogram — a special X-ray that takes images of your internal breast tissue. Recommended yearly for women over 40, the mammogram can detect dense breast tissue, calcifications, tumors, and other abnormalities. 

Mammography has been in use for many years, and it’s still one of the best tools for detecting breast cancer. While the X-ray itself isn’t a definitive diagnosis, it can spot problems that need further investigation, which saves lives — decreasing breast cancer deaths by 15%

Angiograms

Angiography allows doctors to view your veins, arteries, and internal organs so we can detect any dangerous blockages. If you have narrowed vessels near your heart, brain, or abdomen, it can lead to serious health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and death. 

Fluoroscopy

When we need to see how your body parts move and function, we use fluoroscopy to take an “X-ray video.” This gives us real-time images of your blood flow, the movement of your muscles, and the function of your digestive system. 

To get these images, we either inject a contrast dye or give you some to swallow (depending on the area we need to see).

Fluoroscopy also comes in handy when we need to implant a device into your body, such as a pacemaker or a stent. Using fluoroscopy to guide the instruments, we can make more precise movements. 

If you have abdominal pain, breathing problems, joint pain, or abnormal growths, X-rays may be the best way to see inside without undergoing surgery. To find out more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Goin today. Call us at 832-680-2273. 

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