Uses Of An X-Ray Machine
An X-ray machine is a valuable device that our chiropractor uses to diagnose conditions. We may use this machine to rule out other possible causes of your pain and discomfort. When you arrive at Charleston Chiropractic Associates, serving Charleston, SC, and the nearby region, we’ll discuss your concerns, possibly perform diagnostics like X-rays, and formulate an appropriate course of action for your condition.
How an X-Ray Machine Works
An X-ray machine is a diagnostic device that captures images of the inside of your body. X-rays consist of light and radio waves that have a high amount of energy to pass through materials in your body. As the waves reach the film, they act as a light. Any dense materials, including bone and metal, appear white on the film, while your muscles and fat show up as different shades of gray.
X-Rays Help Diagnose Problems in the Body
When we schedule you for an X-ray, we want to look for any issues with your bones that could be causing your pain and discomfort. For instance, you may have a bone spur that's placing pressure on your surrounding soft tissue and nerves. Our chiropractor may order an X-ray to evaluate the amount of degeneration you have, which is when your bones begin to change as a result of the aging process. Often, degeneration leads to pain or discomfort. With an X-ray, it's also possible for our chiropractor to find abnormalities like scoliosis and arthritis.
Safety of X-Rays
Some of our patients have concerns about radiation exposure from an X-ray. Currently, researchers are further examining the amount of radiation exposure and long-term consequences. However, as of now, X-rays are considered to be safe and only expose you to a small amount of radiation per test. In most cases, the benefits outweigh the risks. Before we perform the imaging test, our chiropractor will take into consideration your health and age. Additionally, we don't perform X-rays on expecting mothers because of the potential risk to the unborn baby.
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