X-Rays

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Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Manassas, VA

X-rays are one of the main diagnostic imaging tests used to help detect and assess what’s causing your child’s symptoms. Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care in Manassas, Virginia, is a specialty service that maintains state-of-the-art X-ray facilities to assist their pediatricians in providing day-or-night diagnoses of children with symptoms that need prompt attention. If you’re concerned about your child’s health, visit Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care today, give them a call, or book an appointment online.

X-Rays Q & A

What are X-rays?

X-rays are an invaluable diagnostic imaging tool that enables your pediatrician to see beneath your child’s skin to the underlying tissues and bones.

X-rays use ionizing radiation in low doses to create two-dimensional images of:

  • Bones
  • Lungs
  • Other organs
  • Gasses inside the body
  • Metal objects

X-rays can help your child’s pediatrician confirm or rule out a diagnosis when a physical exam and routine tests like blood and urine don’t provide enough information. X-rays are also vital in assessing the extent of an injury so that your child gets the best possible treatment.

Using X-rays can often mean that your child won’t need to undergo more invasive tests or surgeries.

Are X-rays safe?

X-rays are a safe diagnostic tool that causes your child no discomfort. Guidelines provided by the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging state that pediatricians should only use X-rays if there is a definite medical benefit, use the lowest amount of radiation necessary, and include in any X-ray only the parts of the body that need evaluating.

If your pediatrician at Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care believes your child needs an X-ray, they explain the benefits so that you can be confident you’re doing what’s best for your child.

X-rays have been in constant use for decades, and there’s no evidence that the levels of radiation used in X-rays causes direct harm. It’s quite likely that your child is exposed to higher levels of radiation from their everyday environment — radiation is present in the soil, water, and air.

What happens during an X-ray?

If you wish to be in the X-ray room with your child, you must wear a lead apron, but don’t stay if you’re pregnant.

Your child needs to lie, sit, or stand in a position that gives the X-ray equipment the best access to the target area. The technician operating the X-ray equipment makes sure your child is in the right position before leaving the room. They often cover parts of your child’s body that don’t need X-raying with lead shields that block radiation.

Your child needs to keep as still as possible and might need to hold their breath when the technician tells them to. X-rays aren’t painful and generally only take a few minutes to carry out.

To find out more, call Night Watch Pediatric Urgent Care or book your child’s appointment online today.