Gretna Medical Center
315 Westbank Expressway
Gretna, LA 70053
X-Ray Imaging, Westbank
Welcome to our X-ray Clinic in the Westbank of New Orleans, LA
Our clinic is located in Gretna Louisiana, serving the entire West Bank. We are the only clinic and urgent care center that has an X-Ray imaging machine for patients in the West Bank. Below are some common questions that you might find useful when preparing for an X-Ray.
If you are looking for more information, please contact us.
WHEN DO YOU NEED AN X-RAY?
X-rays help with diagnosis in a variety of situations. Usually your doctor will tell you if you need an x-ray, but you can expect to get one if you have an injury that may have twisted a joint or broken a bone, if you have certain kinds of suspected illnesses including pneumonia and some kinds of cancer, or even as a general screening like a mammogram for breast cancer.
HOW MUCH DO X-RAYS COST?
The cost of x-rays varies with what part of the body is being scanned and what is being looked for. Prices can range from $75 and up but this greatly depends n your insurance coverage and the part of the body that needs an x-ray. To get a more accurate pricing, please give our facility a call.
ARE THERE RISKS WITH HAVING AN X-RAY DONE?
Although you are exposed to a small amount of radiation, there is not a significant risk with this exposure. If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, however, you should tell your doctor before the x-ray is performed. Certain types of x-rays may require being injected with a contrast medium, though, and that may cause reactions in some people, including allergic reactions, lightheartedness, or nausea.
WHAT CAN AN X-RAY HELP IDENTIFY?
X-rays are useful in identifying many different injuries and illnesses. Some of the most common are:
Suspected fractures or other injuries to your bones
Arthritis, osteoporosis, and dental decay
Certain kinds of cancer, including bone cancers and breast cancer
Enlarged heart or clogged arteries
Infections in bones and lungs
Swallowed objects or other foreign objects in the body
This is just a sample list. Contact us if you want more information concerning your case.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I GET AN X-RAY?
Getting an x-ray is a painless procedure but may be uncomfortable for various reasons. You will usually have to remove clothing covering the part of the body being x-rayed, so it can help to wear clothes that make this easy. For some types of x-rays you may be given a contrast medium that allows certain parts of your body to be more visible in the x-ray. The contrast medium may be swallowed, injected, or given as enema and may have some mild to severe side effects such as lightheadedness, a feeling of warmth, nausea, or allergic reactions.
You will then be positioned for the x-ray itself. Sometimes various sandbags or pillows will be used to help you stay in a certain position. During the x-ray, you must hold completely still, so small children may be restrained to hold them in place. Many x-rays take only a few minutes, but some may last longer. Your x-ray technician will guide you through all the necessary steps.
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS TAKE?
X-ray results are now available digitally. Generally your x-ray technician will go over them with your doctor first and your doctor will then give you the results. This can happen in minutes.