X-ray & Ultrasound Specialist

Optimum Medical -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine

Optimum Medical

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Orthopedic Specialists located in Newport Beach, CA

Diagnostic imaging techniques like digital X-ray and ultrasound are cutting-edge tools used to diagnose and better understand certain medical conditions. At Optimum Medical in Newport Beach, California, the team provide digital X-rays and ultrasounds on-site. Request your diagnostic imaging consultation today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Digital X-Rays & Ultrasound

What is diagnostic imaging?

Diagnostic imaging uses state-of-the-art tools to take pictures of your internal organs, musculoskeletal structure, and soft tissues. Doctors like the team at Optimum Medical use diagnostic imaging techniques to gain insights about your health and well-being.

Some of the most common types of diagnostic imaging are:

  • X-rays
  • MRIs
  • CT scans
  • PET scans
  • Ultrasound

There are also diagnostic imaging tests that use long, thin tubes with cameras on the end called scopes. For example, an endoscopy is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a scope to view your esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine.

What is a digital X-ray?

An X-ray, or radiograph, directs a beam of radiation at a particular part of your body. Your bones block the radiation, a process that makes them appear white on film. For example, if you have a sore ankle and a physical exam doesn’t provide your doctor with the necessary information to properly treat you, they can order an X-ray.

Digital and traditional X-rays are very similar. The only difference is that digital X-rays produce 80% less radiation than traditional ones. Digital X-rays are also more cost-effective because they don’t use film. After taking digital X-rays, the images upload directly to your doctor’s computer.

What conditions can a digital X-ray diagnose?

Digital X-rays are incredibly versatile. The team at Optimum Medical regularly uses them to pinpoint:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Arthritis
  • Abdominal pain

Digital X-rays are also used to diagnose respiratory conditions like pneumonia and certain types of cancer.

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound, also called a sonogram, is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses sound waves to take pictures of the inside of your body.

During an ultrasound, your doctor places a hand-held probe called a transducer on the surface of your skin. After applying a lubricating gel, your doctor moves the transducer over a particular body part. High-frequency sound waves travel through your skin and bounce back, providing your doctor with a digital image.

Why would I need an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is commonly used in prenatal and pregnancy care. However, it can also diagnose issues like:

  • Heart problems
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Gallstones

The team also uses ultrasound technology during guided procedures like needle biopsies.

Is diagnostic imaging safe?

Diagnostic imaging is safe and well-tolerated. Ultrasounds present no risk of side effects whatsoever. Digital X-rays expose you to a small dose of radiation, but it’s nowhere near big enough to cause cancer or other complications.

Diagnostic imaging can provide key insights into your overall health and well-being. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation, call the office or use the online booking tool and make an appointment at Optimum Medical today.