Urgent Care with X-Rays Services in Rockville, MD
X-rays can be an important diagnostic tool in the evaluation of issues ranging from injuries to limbs to chest pain. Physicians Now Urgent Care offers X-ray services. Contact us, walk in, or reserve your spot online! We are located at 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
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Physicians Now offer X-ray services for adults and children. An X-ray machine uses electromagnetic radiation to take pictures of bones and other internal structures. These X-ray images used to be recorded on film, but many are now recorded digitally. Bones block the X-ray particles emitted by the machine, so they appear white on the resulting images. Muscle and fat have a grayish hue on X-ray images, while any structure containing air will be black.
There are many reasons a provider might order a chest X-ray. If you have chest pain, trouble breathing, or a cough that will not go away, this type of X-ray can help determine if you have a problem with the lungs or other respiratory structures. Chest x-rays are also useful for diagnosing lung tumors, pneumonia, tuberculosis, collapsed lung, rib fractures, enlarged heart, and osteoporosis.
If you are scheduled for surgery, you might have to have a preoperative chest X-ray to make sure you do not have any heart or lung conditions that would make surgery unsafe. This type of X-ray shows the shape and size of the heart, the position of the large arteries, and the condition of the lungs, so it is a useful tool for determining whether you are healthy enough to have surgery.
Abdominal X-ray is used to visualize the organs of the digestive tract. A provider might order this test if you have persistent nausea, abdominal pain, or possible urinary tract problems. An abnormal abdominal X-ray might show a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity, a hole in the intestines or stomach, intestinal blockage, foreign objects in the digestive tract, abdominal injury, or kidney stones. Some types of gallstones also show up on abdominal X-rays. This test can be used to diagnose or monitor the progression of several different medical conditions. They include the following:
• Acute kidney failure
• Kidney stones
• Biliary atresia
• Renal artery stenosis
• Toxic megacolon
• Necrotizing enterocolitis
If you are injured in an auto accident, fall, workplace accident, or sporting event, an X-ray can help determine if you broke any bones. When reviewing an X-ray, a provider can tell whether a bone is broken and, if it is, how bad the break is. X-rays guide providers in determining the best course of action for someone who has sustained a minor or serious injury.
The pelvis contains several structures that can fracture or break down over time. An X-ray of the pelvis makes it possible to determine if you have any tumors, fractures, or degenerative conditions of the pelvis or hip joint. These X-rays are also useful in diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis or sacroiliitis.
If you need an X-ray, one of our providers can order the appropriate test and interpret the results. Because X-ray machines use radiation to produce images, let the provider know if you are pregnant before undergoing this type of test. Our providers may sometimes need to do an X-ray even if you are on birth control because pregnancy does sometimes occur even in women on birth control or women that are in what they consider to be their normal period. The safety of the patient and the unborn fetus is our utmost concern here at Physicians Now, and we take appropriate measures to achieve this goal. After reviewing your X-ray images, the provider will be able to recommend the best treatment for your injury or suggest additional tests to aid in a diagnosis.
We serve patients from Rockville MD, Travilah MD, Lone Oak MD, Colesville Park MD, Redland MD, Darnestown MD, Anscroft MD, and Wheaton-Glenmont MD.