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.
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:
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.
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.
Digital X-rays are incredibly versatile. The team at Optimum Medical regularly uses them to pinpoint:
Digital X-rays are also used to diagnose respiratory conditions like pneumonia and certain types of cancer.
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.
Ultrasound is commonly used in prenatal and pregnancy care. However, it can also diagnose issues like:
The team also uses ultrasound technology during guided procedures like needle biopsies.
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.