We’ve all been there; when you injure yourself at work, during physical activity, or from bumbling around the house, and say, “Oh, no! Is it broken?” Rather than waiting to book an appointment with your primary care physician or enduring extremely long wait times at the emergency room, find the answers you need fast at an urgent care clinic with an onsite X-ray lab! At Coronado Bay Urgent Care, we have phenomenal X-ray services that can help you find clarity with any internal medical concern.
How do X-rays work and what should I expect from an X-ray?
X-rays use electromagnetic radiation, an energy source similar to light that can pass through most objects, such as the body! The difference between light and electromagnetic radiation is that the latter has far more energy. As such, X-rays allow the generation of images of various tissues and structures within the body, such as bones, muscles, and ligaments.
During an X-ray procedure, the patient lies down on a flat surface, with an X-ray detector placed underneath the area that will be imaged. This detector allows shadows from the objects that the X-ray passes through to appear in the images. The X-ray technician and assistant will help position the patient so that the part of the body that is being imaged will be safely located between the X-ray machine and the X-ray detector. The specific area of the body that is being imaged may be repositioned so that the X-ray can take images from different angles. Once the images have been taken, your work is done, and the X-ray technician will analyze the images for the doctor to make a diagnosis.
What are X-rays used for?
The primary use of X-rays is to examine bones and joints for fractures, breaks, tears, or structural issues. However, they are also used to detect soft tissue problems and can aid with surgical procedures. The following is a list of issues that X-ray machines can identify:
- Bone fractures or tumors
- Breast cancer
- Dental problems, such as a loose tooth, abscesses, and others
- Dysphagia, or swallowing problems with the esophagus or stomach
- Heart disease
- Lung disease, pneumonia, or lung cancer
- Scoliosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine
- Tears in the ligament or tendons
Does insurance cover X-ray services?
Typically, most health insurance companies cover X-ray services either partially or entirely. Be sure to verify your X-ray coverage with your health insurance provider before your appointment. As for us at Coronado Bay Urgent Care, we accept a wide range of insurances, including preferred provider organization (PPO) plans, Tricare, Medicare, and more! Feel free to contact us for more information about our insurance and payment policies.
Where can I go for X-ray services?
If you require X-ray services in Imperial Beach, California, we have a state-of-the-art X-ray lab at Coronado Bay Urgent Care! Our medical professionals and X-ray technicians are experts in their field and are dedicated to providing flawless service to any patient that walks through our doors. You can find our clinic at 888 Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach, California!
Come to Coronado Bay Urgent Care for all of your X-ray needs! If you would like to learn more about our services or book an appointment with us, our friendly and professional administrative staff would be happy to talk with you! You can schedule an appointment with us through our website or by giving us a call. Coronado Bay Urgent Care is open during the hours of 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Monday to Friday, and from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday & Sunday.