X-Ray Specialist

Advantage MRI

Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center located in Hermosa, Chicago, IL

Perhaps the most well-known of all imaging techniques, the X-ray is a highly useful and proven technology, helping to provide valuable diagnostic information in a wide range of situations. Gregory T. Goldstein, MD, and the team at Advantage MRI in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, have extensive experience performing X-rays and will work to make sure that you get the imaging that you need. Call or book online today to schedule your appointment.

X-Ray Q & A

What is an X-ray?

In all likelihood, you have had an X-ray completed at some point in your life. X-rays are an incredibly common and useful diagnostic tool, with millions performed each year throughout the US. They are an easy method to help your doctor get an idea of what is happening inside your body by providing an image of certain body structures.

An X-ray sends electromagnetic radiation through your body. When it passes through your body, this radiation is absorbed at different rates by different body structures. These varying degrees of absorption are picked up by a digital sensor or film, leading to the creation of an image of certain internal structures. Dense structures, like your bones or medical implants, will absorb more radiation and show up on the image as white structures. Softer organ tissue will absorb some of the radiation and will appear as lighter spots, and less dense areas, such as your lungs, will show up black. 

When is an X-ray useful?

There are many situations when an X-ray is quite useful, often to diagnose issues with the harder or more durable body parts, such as your bones and teeth. X-rays are helpful to diagnose:

  • Broken bones
  • Arthritis
  • Joint injuries
  • Cancer
  • Tooth decay or damage
  • Some instances of abdominal pain
  • Locate foreign objects in the body
  • Heart failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis

There are many more conditions that X-rays can treat. Your doctor will know exactly which test to order to collect the correct information to make an accurate diagnosis. 

What can I expect at my appointment?

Your X-ray appointment can vary depending on which part of your body is being examined. Initially, you may need to take off any jewelry that you are wearing. During the X-ray, you may either be standing or lying down. In addition, multiple images may be made to capture several angles of the area being examined. The team at Advantage MRI will guide you through the X-ray exam to ensure your comfort throughout the process. 

If your doctor has ordered an X-ray, know that you can trust the experts at Advantage MRI. Call or use the online booking tool today to schedule your exam.