X-Ray

X-Rays have been a common diagnostic tool for a long time, and they continue to be helpful and effective for many reasons. Our digital imaging technology allows us to take X-Rays and immediately see the picture on a computer. This allows us to review the results right away and give you a faster diagnosis for your pain or health concern. X-Rays can be done on any part of the body, while the patient is standing, sitting, or lying down. The film will be behind the body part being X-Rayed, while the “camera” is in front of it. X-Rays send a quick burst of radiation through your body, allowing us to see what your bones look like on the inside. While there are minor risks associated with X-Rays, they are generally considered safe and are more beneficial than harmful in most cases.

What Can X-Rays Tell Us?

One of the most popular and effective diagnostic tools available, X-Rays continue to provide doctors with great insight into the health of a patient’s body. X-Rays are used to examine the health of teeth, search for a break in a bone, diagnose a dislocated joint, and identify arthritis. Since bones are so hard and dense, the X-Ray radiation is stopped by them, giving us a clear picture of what your bones look like. If you’re experiencing pain that you suspect is linked to your bones, an X-Ray will be the first step in the diagnostic process.

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More Than Just for Broken Bones

While broken bones are the most common reason X-Rays are done, they can do far more than just detecting a break or fracture. X-Rays can find the location of something that a child may have swallowed, and they can detect signs of tuberculosis and pneumonia in the lungs. X-Rays can expose tumors or masses and possibly even detect cancer. They can show doctors where they might be bone, joint, or spinal misalignments, which can help them trace problems back to the root cause of the issue. Our doctors at AICA Orthopedics believe in whole-body health and comprehensive medical care, so we’ll be as thorough as possible in our diagnostic processes, and we’ll refer you to other specialists if we need a second opinion or if their services are better suited to your medical needs.

How is an X-Ray Used?

X-Rays are valuable tools that the orthopedic specialists at AICA rely upon to properly diagnose and treat pain and injury. Each specialty has a different purpose for utilizing X-Ray technology. For example, an orthopedic specialist examining knee or foot pain is going to use an X-Ray differently than a spine specialist looking to treat spinal injuries. But the importance of X-Rays for each specialty still remains. When you seek treatment at AICA, our specialists are sure to use X-Rays for determining the specific cause of pain and injury to guarantee you the most up to date, reliable treatment options available. Take a look at how X-Rays are used at AICA.

Orthopedic

X-Rays are great tools for general orthopedic injuries such as sports injuries, arthritis, or broken bones. An X-Ray can identify breaks in bones or show signs of degeneration due to arthritis. Orthopedic surgeons can also use X-Rays to identify whether or not surgery is required to correct an injury or alleviate pain.

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Chiropractic

With an X-Ray, it is easy for a chiropractic specialist at AICA to notice any joints or vertebrae that are out of alignments. Once located, chiropractors can perform adjustments to correct misalignment and alleviate pain

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Neurology

X-Rays of the skull and chest are often a normal part of a neurological workup. In an X-Ray, the white, bony part is what is shown. An X-Ray of the skull can be used to diagnose skull fractures, birth defects, detect calcification, locate tumors, or find infections. This is an important tool for neurologists, especially for ruling out any potential damage after a blow to the head or serious accident involving the skull or chest.

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Interventional Spine

Spinal injuries can be serious and must be handled with care. For this reason, interventional spine specialists utilize X-Rays to locate the source of the pain or injury and proceed with necessary treatment. X-Rays of the spine, neck, or back are performed to look for fractures or broken bones, diagnose and treat arthritis, locate degenerative discs, find spinal spondylolisthesis (slipped or dislocated vertebrae), see tumors, or notice abnormalities in the curve of the spine.

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X-Rays give a clear picture to indicate pain and injury and inform of exactly what type of treatment course is recommended for faster, more efficient healing. It can provide necessary and critical information that is invaluable to orthopedic specialists, chiropractors, spine specialists, and neurologists alike. With the high tech equipment at AICA Orthopedics, you can rest assured that you are receiving the very best possible care for your pain or injury.

X-Ray Technology at AICA Orthopedics

Our X-Ray technology is one of many innovative advances that we make use of. We have state-of-the-art X-Ray equipment at all of our Atlanta locations, and our doctors are able to quickly diagnose a variety of issues with our digital imaging X-Rays. No matter why you think you may need an X-Ray, we can help you. If you’ve experienced a slip and fall, if you were in an automobile accident, or if you simply have unexplained pain or discomfort, our specialists can help you determine the cause of your pain. We create personalized treatment plans for every individual so you can get back to being healthy and living your best life. Contact AICA Orthopedics today to learn more about our imaging services and comprehensive care.

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