If you drop something heavy on your foot or fall and twist your ankle, digital X-rays can determine if you have a broken bone and help guide treatment. Dr. Robert A. Raley and the team provide same-day digital X-rays to teenagers and adults. To make an appointment, call the office in Kankakee, Illinois, or book online today.
Digital X-rays are a type of diagnostic imaging. They use digital sensors and ionizing radiation to capture photos of your bones and joints. That allows Dr. Raley and his team to diagnose underlying issues, like fractures or dislocations, without making incisions.
Digital X-rays are quick, convenient, and pain-free. They use lower doses of radiation than traditional X-rays, presenting fewer risks.
Dr. Raley and the team use digital X-rays to diagnose various foot and ankle issues, including:
Digital X-rays can also help diagnose structural abnormalities that affect the feet, like bunions and bone spurs.
Digital X-rays typically don’t require special preparation. On the day of your visit, make sure to leave all your jewelry at home and wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, like sweatpants and a long sleeve tee shirt.
If you have a metal implant from prior surgery, like an artificial joint, let Dr. Raley and the team know, as the implant may interfere with the X-ray images. You should also let Dr. Raley know if you’re pregnant because any amount of radiation may be harmful to a growing fetus.
Before taking the X-rays, Dr. Raley asks you to lie down on an exam table. Then, he asks you to hold your foot or ankle in a specific position.
Next, Dr. Raley positions a plate that’s connected to a steel arm over your foot and ankle. The plate contains digital sensors, allowing him to capture detailed photos of your bones and ankle joint.
While Dr. Raley takes the X-rays, it’s important to hold very still. If you move around, the X-rays might appear blurry.
Dr. Raley and the team interpret your digital X-rays immediately after taking them. Once he assesses your scans, Dr. Raley makes treatment recommendations. If you sprain your ankle, he might recommend a splint. If you have a fracture, surgery might be necessary.
To learn more about the benefits of digital X-rays, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Robert A. Raley by calling the office or booking online today.