X-rays are an indispensable diagnostic tool used for a wide variety of injuries. At Island Chiropractic, we offer on-site x-rays for your convenience and betterment allowing us to fully understand the nature of your injury and bodily condition. This is crucial as the results of your x-ray will help to determine your treatment plan.
What is an X-ray?
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, as are ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation, visible light, radio waves, and microwaves. However, medical imaging is the most common and beneficial use of X-rays. During the x-ray process, electromagnetic radiation is transmitted in waves at different frequencies and wavelengths (which is also known as the electromagnetic spectrum). By decreasing the wavelength and increasing energy and frequency, the machine will divide the EM spectrum into seven regions. This spectrum of wavelengths includes radio waves, microwaves, infrared (IR), visible light, ultraviolet (UV), x-rays, and gamma-rays. For more information on our diagnostic x-ray service, contact our chiropractor in Hicksville, Dr. Brett Pastuch.
How does it work?
X-rays easily pass through the soft tissue of the body but stop once they reach more dense material like the skeleton. The process is painless and allows us to take a full evaluation of your condition. X-rays are done by positioning the part of the body that is to be examined between a focused beam and a plate containing film. Once the processing of the film plates are complete, the result will contrast dense material and soft tissue; for example, bone will appear white, and softer tissue will appear as shades of gray, while empty space will appear black. The next step is an examination of the film plates. Our chiropractor in Hicksville, Dr. Brett Pastuch, will be able to access your results in order to recommend the best option for treatment moving forward.
X-rays help to diagnose:
- Arthritis of the spine
- Bone Spurs
Because of the nature of x-rays, conditions related to the spinal cord including nerve impingements are not detectable using this diagnostic tool. Depending on the nature of your physical conditions, our chiropractor will determine if an x-ray is necessary.
We offer x-rays on-site
Many medical offices will refer patients out for x-rays but not us. At Island Chiropractic in Hicksville, we perform diagnostic x-rays conveniently on-site. Contact us today to request an appointment!