X-rays help determine whether a bone has been fractured or damaged by conditions such as an infection, arthritis, or other disease.
Other reasons for conventional X-rays on your feet are to:
- Evaluate changes in the bones from infections, arthritis, or other bone disease.
- Assess whether a child's bones are growing normally.
- Locate foreign objects (such as pieces of glass or metal) in a wound.
- Determine whether bones are properly set after treating a fracture
Pregnant women, especially those in their first trimester, are advised against having X-rays because the radiation may harm the unborn child.
In an effort to streamline the examination and evaluation process for patients, the Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois uses state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology instead of conventional X-ray machines that use cassettes and phosphor plates. The digital equipment manufactured by 20/20 Imaging, has a revolutionary sensor that captures and transmits an image to the computer in less than 3 seconds. The level of radiation exposure is minimal and much safer for patients. This is a giant leap forward from conventional X-ray technology as well as customer service.
The Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois is the only podiatry clinic in central Illinois to offer this technology. The system is also specifically designed for podiatry making it barrier-free and user friendly. The convenient handrail system and low base tilting bilateral tube head, eliminates awkward, unsafe patient maneuvering. These features streamline exams and enhance patient comfort. The system sensor design also allows for a 22-48% larger imaging surface than current analog (film) or computed radiography (CR) processing. Dr. Sigle is able to acquire instant radiology reports and images. Individual computer screens are provided in each exam room for patient viewing. This technology also allows X-ray images and reports to be electronically transmitted to primary care providers to enhance continuity of care. Experience the enormous benefits of direct radiography at the Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois.