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Cypress Diagnostic Imaging offers the latest digital x-ray technology. As a leading provider of digital x-ray systems, Cypress utilizes the “Made in America” AMRAD digital x-ray system to provide medical imaging services of the highest quality.

Overview

An x-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body, particularly your bones. X-ray beams pass through your body, and they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone, show up white on x-rays, the air in your lungs show up as black. Fat and muscle will appear as shades of gray.

Uses of X-Ray

When your physician orders an x-ray, it’s usually for one of the following reasons:

• To examine an area where you’re experiencing discomfort or pain

• To monitor how a disease is progressing, like osteoporosis

• To check up on how a prescribed treatment is working

How Long Does an X-Ray Take?

When you visit Cypress Diagnostic Imaging, a plain x-ray is a relatively quick and painless study that usually takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. However, the amount of time an x-ray takes could be longer depending on how many parts of the body need to be examined and the patient’s ability to move around, their general health, and age.

During most x-rays, the area of your body being examined will have to be viewed from different angles in order to capture the images your doctor needs to make a diagnosis. This requirement means you may be asked to move into different positions.

What is the Purpose of a Chest X-Ray?

A chest x-ray is an imaging test that uses x-rays to look at the structures and organs in your chest. It can help your physician see how well your lungs and heart are working. Certain heart problems can cause changes in your lungs and certain diseases can cause changes in the structure of the heart or lungs.

Chest x-rays can detect infection, cancer, or air collecting in the space around the lung. They can also show chronic lung conditions such as emphysema or cystic fibrosis.

How is the X-Ray Study performed?

When you come to Cypress Diagnostic Imaging, you will meet with a technologist who is specially trained to perform the study. Most x-rays won’t require any special preparation. The technologist will tell you how to position your body. Depending on what area of the body that needs to be studied, they may ask you to sit, lie down, or stand in several positions during the test. The patient may be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry which might interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined.

What Happens After an X-Ray?

After your x-ray, the technologist will process your images for the radiologist to view. An x-ray report will be generated that will be sent directly to your doctor. The results from the x-ray could be available that same day or a little later. After your doctor reviews your x-rays, they may offer a diagnosis and prescribe a course of treatment. However, depending on what the x-rays show, they may need to order additional imaging scans, blood work, or other diagnostic measures.

Heart Smart IMT:  Recommended for ALL Men 45 and older and Women 55 and older.

Risk factors include:  Family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, current or previous smoker, physical inactivity, excessive weight.

Vascular Screening (Includes Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and Ankle Brachial Index (ABI):

Risk factors include:  high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history of AAA, tobacco use, advancing age, physical inactivity, excessive weight.

Do you have symptoms that include:  swollen legs and feet, leg pain when walking?

Echocardiogram:

An echocardiogram is a 30 minute scan to view moving images of your heart.

Symptoms may include:  Chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, chest tightness or pressure, shortness of breath,  unusual tiredness, fever, irregular heartbeat.