If you suffer a leg fracture, arm fracture, or any other serious bodily injury, you are in need of immediate medical attention. Though you’ll discuss your injury with your doctor, you will almost certainly need an X-ray. To be comfortable during this procedure, it’s helpful to know how to prepare for your first experience with X-rays.
Luckily, if you are injured, in serious pain, and are in need of medical assistance, there are urgent care centers that can provide excellent fracture care and other medical help. Approximately 85% of all urgent care facilities are open seven days a week as well, so you can even get treated for those weekend injuries.
Hopefully, this guide will help you understand what an X-ray consists of and exactly how to prepare for them:
Though X-rays are quick and painless tests, they still require some preparation. It depends on the type of X-ray you are receiving, as various types of tests require different types of preparation. For instance, the simple X-rays you receive at your dentist’s office will be much simpler than the X-rays you may require after a serious head injury. You should be able to ask your doctor or nurse what kind of X-ray you’ll be receiving so you can prepare properly.
As far as clothes are concerned, you will need to have the area of your body that needs examination completely uncovered by clothing. The majority of patients opt for medical gowns, but comfortable gym clothing should be flexible enough to suffice. Additionally, it’s best to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses, watches, and any other metal objects during the examination so you aren’t contaminating the X-ray.
In some cases, you’ll be given a liquid to consume called contrast medium. These liquids (barium and iodine) help identify a specific area of the body during an X-ray examination.
The X-ray procedure itself only takes a few minutes and is painless. Certain procedures could last closer to an hour, especially for more-involved examinations that use contrast mediums. After an examination, since routine X-rays have no side effects, you will be able to resume your daily activities as normal. If you received contrast medium, though, it’s best to hydrate a lot afterwards so you can get rid of those liquids.
Finally, some people are concerned about radiation damage from X-rays. To protect your body, its organs, and its soft tissues, your treatment provider may ask you to wear protective clothing. This is only a precaution, as the radiation exposure you receive from X-rays will not cause any lasting damage. Any potential risks from radiation poisoning are negligible, and there are many potential benefits. In fact, the development of radiation imaging technology is one of the most important, life-saving inventions in medical history.
If you want to learn more about preparing for an X-ray or are in need of professional medical treatment in Hawaii, give Island Urgent Care a call today.