Although more sophisticated imaging tools have been designed over the years, such as computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an X-ray machine remains an essential, irreplaceable tool for diagnosing injuries, fractures, joint problems or tumors, especially in emergency situations. At the Front Range Primary Care facilities serving the Colorado communities in Trinidad, Denver and Thornton, X-ray services are the backbone of emergency diagnosis and medical care provided by our superbly trained medical teams. When a severely injured patient comes through the door at any of our medical clinics, a bone X-ray is frequently the first test that is implemented to find the precise nature of the injury. In most cases, the information provided by X-rays is sufficient to formulate a precise diagnosis and start emergency care, and more time-consuming, costly CT or MRI scans are not needed. It is not a rare occurrence when the medical care for a severely injured patient is delayed in a large hospital, waiting for a sophisticated MRI scan, when a quick and cost-effective bone X-ray would have been enough to establish the cause of the medical complaint and begin the treatment immediately.
An X-Ray Scan is a Simple and Effective Tool for Evaluating Bone Fractures
The bone is a dense tissue that is clearly seen on X-ray films. This simple imaging tool helps evaluate the number of bone fragments after a fracture, their anatomical position and displacement, signs of spine damage like herniated discs, damaged joints through arthritis or rheumatic diseases, as well as many other alterations. A skull X-ray is very useful when our physicians are dealing with head injuries, because it helps them detect the signs of bone damage, hematomas, liquid collections inside the brain, such as cysts, or an increased cranial pressure cause by a compression tumor or internal bleeding. A skull X-ray can also reveal the signs of swelling following a concussion. Besides bone fractures and head injuries, X-ray services may be utilized to visualize the sinuses of the skull, which enables the diagnosis of sinus damage following trauma, sinus infections or nasal polyps.
X-Rays can Alert Our Physicians About the Presence of a Tumor
When patients complain about recurring headaches, nausea, vomiting of visual disturbances, an X-ray machine can be used to rule out a compression brain tumor or a hematoma that exerts pressure on the brain. An abdominal or a pelvic X-ray may detect a tumor in the abdomen, liver, kidneys or intestines, which is followed by a recommendation to undergo more detailed imaging tests or biopsy to find the precise location, shape and structure of the identified tumor. An X-ray does not allow the visualization of ligament sprains, but these are easily diagnosed by our skilled medical professionals through a detailed physical examination. Visit any of our Front Range Primary Care clinics in Colorado and discover the gentle yet effective approach of our medical teams when treating medical emergencies. You can schedule an appointment with our medical staff for an annual check-up or an affordable X-ray examination of an injury or low back pain.