What is an x-ray?
Getting an x-ray as a preventive measure is like having a snapshot of the area you can use to compare when problems do arise. At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we have diagnostic x-ray services for our patients on-site. An x-ray allows your medical team to take a closer look at the tissues, organs, and bones in your body without making an incision. Having a diagnostic x-ray on your medical record as a reference point is never a bad idea. When you need it most, you will have valuable information from the x-ray to compare your past and current images. For example, if you have a chest x-ray without symptoms during an annual exam, you will have a record of what your lungs looked like before. If you come in for a cough that won't go away, then you will have a before picture to have a better perspective on your lung health. Schedule an appointment with our board-certified physician in pulmonary, internal, sleep, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Abraham "Avi" Ishaaya, to discover your options in imaging with our in-house x-ray technology.
What are the benefits of x-rays?
Our Los Angeles, CA patients who get in-house x-rays at our office are offered a number of benefits, such as:
- The convenience of on-site imaging and diagnostics
- Ability to get to the bottom of your persistent or acute pain
- Rapid turnaround from imaging to getting answers
- Minimally-invasive, pain-free procedure
In-House X-rays Reviews
"This was my first visit to see Dr. Ishaaya. I was referred to him by my Cardiologist for Sleep Apnea and COPD. The visit was very organized and thorough. When I checked in I was given a tablet to enter all of my contact, insurance information and copay. I was seen by the nurse to review all of my medications. Then I had testing done (x-ray and pulmonary function testing) before I saw the Doctor. So when I was seen Dr. Ishaaya he had the tools needed to make an assessment. When we were leaving his staff brought us prescription information, and scheduled our follow up. This was one of the most beneficial appointments. On the way out of the office I grabbed one of his business cards and saw that he is also a Primary Care Physician. I will be switching over to him from my current provider."- J.R. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Ishaaya was so terrific and knowledgeable along with his very friendly staff. I recommend them highly. I was able to get a allergy test, a breathing test and a chest x-ray, and then the results with the Dr. in a very short amount of time. It was seamless and I really appreciated not having to make 4 different appointments to get this all done. I would highly recommend Dr. Ishaaya to everyone!!"- I.P. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"Went to Dr Ishaaya office for preop referred by my surgeon. His office was quick and professional they were able to complete chest X-ray, 2D Echo, blood work, EKG everything I was impressed. Was seen by Melissa NP was exceptional."- S.P. / Google / Mar 11, 2021
Who can have an X-RAY?
Adults and children can both have x-rays at our office. However, it is best for children to have limited exposure to the radiation from an x-ray. Dr. Ishaaya believes that children should only have an x-ray when medically necessary. He will only request an x-ray for a child when there are no other alternatives to diagnose a condition.
Here are some of the ways Dr. Ishaaya can use the x-ray. He can look for:
- Bone weakness
- Lung, heart, digestive health concerns
- Circulatory issues (blood clots)
- Tumors or cancerous masses
Our x-ray technicians are highly trained and certified to perform the imaging services, and will provide you with the least amount of exposure and only take the images needed. Step-by-step, our technician will walk you through the process depending on what area of your body you need to have the x-ray. In a matter of seconds, the image will be recorded.
After Your In-House x-ray
We will have a radiologist review your x-rays within a few days (depending on when you have the x-ray done) and discuss the findings with Dr. Ishaaya. We will then contact you with the results. Dr. Ishaaya may find something on an x-ray that he does not treat. If this happens, he will refer you to a local physician or specialist who can address your newly diagnosed medical condition.
Are x-rays harmful?
All types of ionizing radiation can be harmful to the human body and a possible cancer risk, but the amount of radiation you receive in a diagnostic -ray scan is minimal, therefore making the risk small. One chest x-ray is about the same as a few days of normal background radiation you receive while outside. According to the American College of Radiology, you should limit your lifetime exposure to 100 mSv, which is about 10,000 chest x-rays.
Do x-rays hurt?
No, not at all. You won't feel anything at all during the quick x-ray imaging procedure.
How long does it take to get the results of an x-ray?
It will typically take at least three days to have x-rays reviewed by a radiologist who will discuss their findings with Dr. Ishaaya. After they have conferred, you will be contacted about the results.
How do x-rays work?
X-ray imaging creates an image of your body’s internal structures of organs and bones. It works by emitting a minute amount of ionizing radiation that passes through your body. A special metallic film or imaging plate is exposed to the radiation, creating a picture of your body’s structures. The radiation mostly passes through the soft tissues and is absorbed by the heavier structures like bone and organs, making the white negative image.
Why are x-rays called x-rays?
In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered a previously unknown form of radiation able to pass through many different types of materials that absorb visible light. Because he didn’t know what it was, he dubbed it “x” radiation.
X-rays for your convienence
Not having to travel to an additional location for a diagnostic x-ray is a service we provide because we know it can be a real inconvenience to you and your family. If you would like to learn more about our diagnostic imaging services, please call our office in Los Angeles, CA to learn more. We offer new and current patients of all ages on-site x-rays at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers.