Imaging Specialist

Nation's Best Family Health Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Panama City, FL

Thanks to diagnostic imaging technologies like X-rays and 4D ultrasounds, it’s possible to take detailed pictures of your bones, joints, organs, and soft tissues. Nation’s Best Family Health Care in Panama City, Florida, offers diagnostic imaging services on-site, including X-rays and a 3D/4D ultrasound studio in partnership with Sweet Baby Co. To request an appointment, call the office today, or book a consultation online.

Imaging Q&A

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a noninvasive imaging procedure that helps Nation’s Best Family Health Care diagnose and treat certain medical conditions. An X-ray exposes a portion of your body –– your arm, chest, or abdomen –– to small doses of ionizing radiation. The radiation produces pictures of the inside of your body that your provider uses to make decisions about treatment.

X-rays are the oldest of all the diagnostic imaging techniques. They’re safe and usually well-tolerated, providing near-instant results.

Why would I need an X-ray?

Nation’s Best Family Health Care uses X-rays for several reasons, including:

  • To diagnose fractures and dislocated joints
  • To look for infection
  • To detect breast or bone cancer
  • To diagnose pneumonia
  • To locate foreign objects

You can also benefit from an X-ray if you suffer a sports or workplace injury.

How does an X-ray work?

An X-ray is a form of radiation like light and radio waves. Your provider aims the X-ray lens at a specific part of your body. The X-ray camera produces a small burst of radiation that passes through your body while recording a detailed image.

The camera transfers the image to a digital monitor, allowing your doctor to view your bones, joints, and other parts of the body. Bones and joints absorb radiation, which is why they appear a bright white in X-ray images.

What happens during an X-ray?

On the day of your X-ray appointment, you remove all of your jewelry and lie down on an exam table. Next, your provider places a lead smock over your body, to prevent radiation exposure. Your provider places a digital recording plate over the area of your body being examined.

Your provider then leaves the room, asking you to lie very still. You might hear a beeping or clicking noise during the X-ray itself. After a few minutes, your provider returns to the exam room and adjusts the digital recording plate as necessary. They repeat this process until they get all the images they need.

The entire process takes 15-30 minutes. You can return to your regular activities right after your appointment.

What is a 4D ultrasound?

A 4D ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure that produces four-dimensional images using high-frequency sound waves. 4D ultrasounds are unique in that they generate an image that continually updates. This makes the results appear like a video recording.

One of the most popular uses of 4D ultrasound is in prenatal care. The technology allows expecting parents to see their growing baby’s face for the very first time.

To learn more about X-rays, request an appointment at Nation’s Best Family Health Care by calling the office today to speak with a staff member or booking a consultation online.