In House XRAYS
In House X-rays in Frederick
All Frederick Foot & Ankle locations have on site digital x-rays offering the ability to perform quick diagnoses with instant results. X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool for patients who have pain or deformity, an incident where there was trauma to the lower limb, need post-operative evaluation to monitor healing, need to assess and locate some foreign bodies, and fracture follow-up to note healing progress.
In our offices, we have trained medical staff to take the images and our doctors will read and evaluate the images. Much like the graduation from polaroid to digital photography, digital X-rays end the “waiting game”, taking development time out of the equation. This allows doctors to retrieve information instantly. These digital images are also easily transferable – meaning the doctor can review the images with the patient right in the exam room and at the end of your appointment the digital images can be burned onto a CD so it can be taken to your next medical appointment if necessary (charges may apply).
While the benefits prove plentiful, many people wonder if X-rays are safe. In essence, they are a form of radiation exposure. However, the level of exposure from digital X-rays is so miniscule, sources including Mayo Clinic maintain that the rewards far outweigh the risks. Plus, digital X-rays emit 70% less radiation than the traditional film variety. If you are pregnant, your doctor may suggest an alternative diagnostic method.
The best part is that an x-ray order can be written, captured, and read all within your initial visit. This is great news for those that need an appointment and imaging right away, such as after an injury. Unknowingly walking on a broken bone can impede healing and increase the chances of needing surgical intervention. In medicine, early detection and intervention leads to the most favorable outcomes. Same day appointments are available at Frederick Foot & Ankle.