What are X-rays?

X-rays are electromagnetic waves similar to light rays but with much shorter wavelengths. When directed at an object, X-rays can easily pass through low-density substances, but in higher-density targets like the human body, they are either reflected or absorbed. This occurs because the atoms in denser materials are closely packed, leaving less space for the short X-ray waves to pass through. X-rays are widely used in medical imaging to create still images of bones and organs, helping doctors diagnose various conditions.

Advanced diagnostics for upper extremity conditions

Radiology, a specialized field of medicine, relies on diagnostic imaging techniques like X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. These imaging tools allow our specialists to see the structures within the body, providing a clear picture of:

  • Bones
  • Organs
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Nerves
  • Cartilage

Using these tools, our experts can narrow down the causes of injuries or illnesses and ensure accurate diagnoses.

Same-day appointments at HSA

At HSA, we understand the importance of prompt and efficient healthcare services. That's why we offer same-day appointments for X-rays to accommodate your needs and provide timely care. If you have suffered an injury or are experiencing discomfort requiring an X-ray examination, we can assist you immediately.

When you schedule a same-day X-ray appointment with us, you can rest assured that you will receive immediate attention from our experienced medical professionals. Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with advanced X-ray technology, allowing us to quickly capture accurate images of the bones and structures of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Whether you've experienced a sports-related injury, a work-related incident, or any other condition requiring diagnostic imaging, our dedicated staff will promptly perform the X-rays you need. Early diagnosis is crucial in effective treatment, and we offer same-day appointments.

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Are X-rays safe?

During an X-ray, a beam of high-energy photons passes through the body, and some photons are blocked or attenuated when they encounter subatomic particles. The density of the material determines how much the X-ray is blocked or absorbed. In a radiograph (the resulting image), denser substances like metal and bone appear prominently, while softer tissues like water, fat, and air show varying transparency.

While X-rays are generally safe for a single test, repeated exposure can carry some risk of cell damage, increasing cancer risk. To minimize risks, X-ray radiation is kept at the minimum necessary to obtain a clear image. Radiographers, the professionals taking X-ray pictures, always wear lead aprons or protective screens to avoid repeated exposure. At HSA, you can be confident we are focused on protecting your health and well-being and performing X-rays efficiently for reduced exposure.

Pregnancy and X-rays

X-ray tests are not recommended for pregnant women due to the small risk of potential harm to the unborn child. It is standard practice to inquire about pregnancy before conducting an X-ray to ensure safety.

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