Spring + Heights Hospital

Multi-Specialty Surgical Hospital and Emergency Room located in Spring, TX

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Multi-Specialty Surgical Hospital and Emergency Room

When you need an X-ray to pinpoint the cause of your pain, you should get the most advanced option: digital X-rays. At Spring Hospital in Spring, Texas, the board-certified radiologists use digital X-rays to produce fast results and accurate images that allow your physician to quickly diagnose and treat the underlying problem. To schedule an appointment, call the hospital today.
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How do X-rays create images?

X-rays create images using a small dose of radiation. The different structures inside your body allow varying amounts of X-ray beams to go through them, creating images in shades of light and dark.

Though X-rays can reveal some soft tissue problems, they’re the gold standard of diagnostic imaging for problems affecting your bones.

When would I need an X-ray?

If you recently suffered an injury, have an orthopedic or podiatric condition, or you have a chronic pain condition, you may need X-rays to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Common symptoms that often signal the need for an X-ray include swelling, inflammation, bruising, pain, and difficulty using the affected area.

What conditions do X-rays detect?

Spring Hospital frequently takes X-rays to diagnose broken bones, determine the severity of a fracture, and decide the best treatment. X-rays are also used to follow your progress after treatment for a broken bone.

Beyond diagnosing and treating fractures, X-rays also:

  • Diagnose a dislocated joint
  • Detect abnormal bone growths
  • Diagnose bone cancer
  • Detect osteoporosis
  • Find slipped spinal discs or spinal curvatures
  • Locate foreign objects in your body
  • Find signs of infection, arthritis, or tendinitis

X-rays also guide orthopedic surgeries such as spine surgery, joint replacements, and fracture reductions.

What happens when I get an X-ray?

When you get an X-ray, you’re positioned on an X-ray table, either lying down, sitting, or standing, depending on the part of your body that needs the X-ray. 

The part of your body that doesn’t need X-raying is covered with a lead apron to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure.

The X-ray film or digital recording plate is placed under the table while the X-ray machine is positioned above or beside your body, depending on the angle or view needed for your image.

Then the X-ray technician walks behind a protective window or goes into an adjoining room to take the X-ray. It’s essential to stay still while they take the X-ray. If you move, the image comes out blurry.

In most cases, you need several X-rays taken from different angles. But the entire procedure shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes.

What are the benefits of digital X-rays?

Traditional X-rays are safe but digital X-rays significantly reduce your exposure to radiation. Digital X-rays also don’t need time to process, they’re immediately visible on a monitor, and digital enhancement of the image is possible for a more accurate view.

When you need X-rays, call Spring Hospital to schedule an appointment.