In addition to immediate care for non-critical injuries and illnesses, Local MD Urgent Care provides onsite digital X-rays and lab services for one-stop convenience. Whether you need blood work, a foot, lung, chest, or other digital X-ray, our quick diagnostic services ensure that you get the care you need, right when it’s needed—no appointment necessary. We’ll even forward your electronic medical records to a specialist or other provider with your express written permission and under strict privacy guidelines.
X-rays are images that allow a medical practitioner to see what’s going on inside the body. Traditional X-ray images are created on photographic film, which is then developed to present a contrasted picture of a section of the body, such as the lung or foot, for example. X-ray usage allows a doctor or practitioner to determine the cause of a problem.
In the case of digital X-rays or digital radiography, the images are captured on digital X-ray sensors rather than on photographic film. This saves us the time required for chemical processing of traditional X-rays. It also allows digital transfer and enhancement of the images to give us a more detailed and accurate view.
Types of X-Ray Imaging
Aside from the specifications of digital and conventional X-rays, these images are often classified in other ways, such as dental X-rays for examining the teeth and oral cavity; bone or foot X-rays to look for breaks, fractures, or other abnormalities; and chest or lung X-rays to determine conditions such as pneumonia or tuberculosis. Mammograms, too, are a specialized version of X-rays that capture images of breast tissue. In most cases, however, digital and traditional X-rays are simply classified according to the area of the body they capture, such as an arm, hand, or foot X-ray.
X-rays, particularly digital radiographs, provide a clear view of the denser material inside the body. For evaluation of less-dense areas such as joints, muscles, and tendons, an MRI may be required. Or, for more complicated trauma cases, a CT or CAT scan may be needed to clearly show details too difficult to see on an X-ray.