Urgent Care located in Springfield, MA

X-Ray services offered in Springfield, MA

X-ray imaging provides a quick, painless, and accurate way to diagnose fractures, dislocated joints, and other musculoskeletal injuries. At Xpress Med Urgent Care in Springfield, Massachusetts, experienced urgent care physician Mansoor Zaidi, MD, and the team offer X-ray imaging to people of all ages. Whether you’re concerned about arthritis or want to monitor your recovery after a sports injury, X-ray imaging can help. Call Xpress Med Urgent Care today to schedule an X-ray appointment, or book your visit online.

X-Ray Q&A

Can an X-ray diagnose anything other than broken bones?

Yes. The Xpress Med Urgent Care team uses X-ray imaging to diagnose various medical conditions affecting hard and soft tissues, including broken bones, joint problems, kidney stones, and pneumonia. It can also be used to monitor the recovery process after surgery or physical therapy.

How does X-ray imaging work?

An X-ray is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses targeted radiation beams to capture photos of your internal structures. 

During an X-ray, you lie or sit down in a specific position. Then, the X-ray machine emits a series of invisible radiation beams that you can’t see or feel.

The radiation is absorbed by your bones and joints, causing them to appear bright white in an image. Your soft tissues don’t absorb as much radiation, appearing grey or black. 

A computer interprets the beams into images, and your Xpress Med Urgent Care provider uses them to make a diagnosis or guide treatment.

How do I prepare for an X-ray?

Before undergoing an X-ray, let your provider know about any allergies or underlying medical conditions you have. You should also tell them if you have an implantable medical device, like an artificial joint or a pacemaker. 

On the day of your appointment, wear comfortable clothing and leave all of your jewelry at home. If you wear glasses, you’ll need to remove them beforehand. If you’re getting an abdominal X-ray, you might need to drink a contrast material, like barium, so your digestive system shows up in the images.

What happens during an X-ray?

An X-ray averages 20-30 minutes.

When you arrive at the office, you change out of your clothes and into a gown. 

Then, your Xpress Med Urgent Care provider has you sit, stand, or lie down. They might also cover a certain area of your body with a lead apron to prevent excess radiation exposure.

When you’re in position, your Xpress Med Urgent Care provider leaves the room and takes your X-rays. They might ask you to move into several positions to get photos from different angles.

Lie very still during the procedure so the images appear clear. If you move, they might appear blurry and require another series of X-rays. 

Call Xpress Med Urgent Care today to schedule an X-ray appointment, or book your visit online.