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Cali Kids Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Laguna Niguel, CA

X-rays provide quick and accurate information that’s essential for diagnosing and treating bone and joint conditions, and for finding problems like foreign objects your child might have swallowed. At Cali Kids Urgent Care in Laguna Niguel, California, Brittany Glenn, DO, quickly diagnoses your child’s condition and provides treatment that relieves their symptoms thanks to on-site X-rays. If your child needs an X-ray, you can use the walk-in clinic without an appointment or schedule a time by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.

X-ray Q & A

What are X-rays?

X-rays are one of the most frequently used types of diagnostic imaging. They create images of the structures inside your body using a small dose of radiation.

Different structures in the body absorb varying amounts of X-rays, depending on the density of the tissue. As a result, dense bones show up as white on the X-ray, while soft tissues take on shades of gray.

Though X-rays can reveal some problems in soft tissues, they’re the gold standard for diagnosing problems with your child’s bones.

X-rays are NOT the same as CT Scans, MRI or Ultasounds. If you need one of the advanced imaging modalities mentioned here please go to the Emergecny Room. The team does NOT offer CAT Scans (CT), MRIs, or ultrasounds at Cali Kids or Quick Care. 

What conditions do X-rays detect?

The team at Cali Kids Urgent Care takes X-rays to diagnose broken bones, determine the severity and type of fracture, and plan the best treatment.

Beyond diagnosing broken bones, X-rays can also reveal:

  • Dislocated joints
  • Unusual bone growths
  • Bone cancer
  • Slipped discs
  • Spinal curvatures
  • Foreign bodies
  • Deformities
  • Signs of tendinitis and arthritis

Dr. Glenn also uses X-rays to monitor bone healing after treating a broken bone.

Are X-rays safe?

Although X-rays expose your child to a small amount of radiation, it isn’t enough to pose a threat to their health.  For example, the radiation exposure during an X-ray of a hand or foot is about the same amount of radiation they’d receive playing outside in the sun for three hours.

There’s only cause for concern if your child is exposed to a large dose of radiation or receives multiple X-rays in a short time. If you have any concerns, talk with Dr. Glenn to be sure X-rays are safe for your child.

What happens during an X-ray?

When your child gets an X-ray, their technician positions them on the X-ray table. They may need to lie down, sit, or stand, depending on the part of their body needing the X-ray. The technician covers the rest of their body with a protective lead apron that prevents radiation exposure.

Parents can stay in the room with their young children, as long as they wear a protective lead apron and don’t have a medical reason to avoid X-ray radiation.

After placing X-ray film under the table, the technician positions the X-ray device above or beside your child’s body, depending on the angle needed. The tech then goes behind a protective window to take the X-ray.

If you have questions about X-rays, or your child needs one, call the office, walk in, or schedule an appointment online today.