1st Choice Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Bakersfield, CA

If at-home care for your sprained ankle isn’t helping and you’re afraid the condition might be more severe than you initially thought, an X-ray at 1st Choice Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California, may provide the answers you need. If you’ve recently experienced a sprain, strain, or another injury, call or book an appointment online for an expert diagnosis.

X-Ray Q & A

Why do I need an X-ray?

The providers at 1st Choice Urgent Care use X-rays to scan for a suspected disease or condition, examine an injured area, or monitor the progress of a specific treatment. Common conditions that may require an X-ray include:

  • Bone breaks or fractures
  • Tumors
  • Bone cancer
  • Infections
  • Osteoporosis

How is an X-ray performed?

An X-ray is a simple outpatient procedure. Depending on the X-ray device and the area being examined, your provider may ask you to sit, stand, or lie down while they perform the X-ray. You might need to change position several times to allow complete coverage by the scanning device.

For some scans, your provider administers a contrast material before the procedure to help distinguish a particular area or type of tissue and aid in diagnosis. Contrast materials may be administered orally or through an injection or enema.

How should I prepare for an X-ray?

X-rays are standard procedures that typically don’t require much preparation on your part. Loose clothing may allow for a more comfortable procedure, particularly if your doctor is examining an area that requires you to change positions.

Let your doctor know if you have any metal implants in your body from previous surgeries. Metal implants can interfere with the X-ray and create a poor image.

Are X-rays safe?

X-rays are safe for most adults, as they only use a small amount of radiation. X-rays aren't safe for developing babies, so let your doctor know if you’re pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

You will experience no pain or discomfort from the X-ray scan itself, but if you’re getting an X-ray for a broken bone or another physical ailment, you may have to move your body into a position you find uncomfortable for the duration of the scan.

Orally ingested contrast materials sometimes cause minor side effects, including hives and nausea; in rare cases, contrast materials can cause more severe side effects, such as low blood pressure or anaphylactic shock. Let your doctor know if you think you’re experiencing a severe reaction.

If you suspect you have a fracture or other internal injury, call 1st Choice Urgent Care or book an appointment online right away.