Arthritis and other diseases of the musculoskeletal system can decrease your overall quality of life and, in some severe cases, become debilitating. X-rays can be used as a diagnostic tool to help your rheumatologist accurately diagnose the type and severity of your condition and devise a comprehensive treatment plan accordingly.
Susan A. Baker, MD, FACR is an experienced rheumatologist and internal medicine doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of arthritic and related conditions. Dr. Baker in Los Angeles provides individualized treatment plans for all her patients, which may or may not include the use of x-rays. Learn more about x-ray services and other diagnostic techniques by calling Dr. Baker in Los Angeles at (310) 274–7770 today.
X-Rays as a Diagnostic Tool
An x-ray essentially uses low levels of radiation in order to produce a clear photograph of the underlying bones and skeletal structure. For utmost patient convenience, Dr. Baker is able to perform x-rays from the privacy and comfort of her Beverly Hills facilities. During the procedure, an x-ray machine will send ionizing radiation through the part of the body in question. These particles of radiation are then transmitted to either a film plate or digital camera. This produces a familiar image in which areas of bone and dense tissue appear lighter than surrounding areas that failed to absorb the radiation. The test takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes depending on the size and location of the area your rheumatologist is interested in viewing. The images produced through an x-ray can help your doctor:
- Assess any existing bone damage
- Rule out injury or other joint diseases
- Have a baseline measure for comparison during and after treatment
- Thoroughly examine joint and surrounding tissue structure
Q: Who should perform an X-Ray for arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases?
A: While a number of different medical professionals can perform an X-Ray, only an expert, including a board-certified rheumatologist or internal medicine specialist, is qualified to accurately interpret your results.
Q: How should I prepare for an x-ray with my internal medicine specialist?
A: There are no specific requirements or procedures to complete before an x-ray. Because x-rays involve low levels of radiation, be sure to inform your x-ray technician if you are pregnant or nursing.
Q: Will there be any discomfort during my x-ray?
A: No. Although you will be asked to hold various static positions for the best angle and photo resolution, x-rays are generally pain and discomfort free. If you do feel any discomfort during the process, let your x-ray technician know as soon as possible so they can make adjustments accordingly.
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Contact Los Angeles Rheumatologist and Internal Medicine Specialist Today
Susan A. Baker is an experienced internal medicine specialist and rheumatologist with a thriving practice in Los Angeles. Considered an expert in her field, Dr. Baker has helped countless individuals suffering from arthritis and various other musculoskeletal diseases manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life, and return to everyday activities. To schedule a one-on-one consultation or address any questions you may have regarding x-rays and other lab services, feel free to call (310) 274–7770 or fill out the online contact form at your earliest convenience.
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