Walk-in X-rays are available at all four ODC Alabama locations: Huntsville, Madison, Athens and Decatur. Quick answers and convenience are important so we offer free door-side parking and first floor access to make it quick and easy to get an X-ray performed.
What is an X-ray?
X-rays, or radiographs, are a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. They are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-rays can be obtained quickly and are inexpensive. Therefore, x-rays are often used as the initial imaging modality. X-ray imaging helps doctors:
- Find an infection, especially pneumonia
- Look for evidence of arthritis
- Diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems
- Look for fluid in the lungs
- Look for problems in the abdomen
- Find tumors
They are often the only imaging required for diagnosis for many diseases; however, an abnormality may be noted on plain film which could require further study with more advanced imaging equipment such as CT or MRI.
An X-ray uses radiation to make images. The low levels of radiation from a single X-ray will not affect most people. A lead shield may be placed on parts of your body that are not being X-rayed. This will help reduce your exposure to radiation. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, then talk to your doctor before the X-ray. Radiation may be harmful to developing babies.
The technologist will position you for each necessary view. You may be required to lie down on the X-ray table or stand for the exam. Holding still is extremely important during an X-ray. You may be asked to hold your breath during the quick exposure.
ODC Alabama understands that the cost of an imaging exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.
The radiologist will review the X-ray images and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report is typically available to your provider within 24 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.