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UC Best Medical Center

X-Ray Services

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

8AM - 8PM


8AM - 3PM

The Premier Medical Center in Monroe, NC

Our internal medicine office is accepting new patients from children to adults. Our experienced team offers a variety services including:

About Our X-Ray Services

To see inside your body, an X-ray is usually a great choice. This is a non-invasive procedure. In many cases, it is pain-free and gives your doctor many of the answers they are looking for. They have been used for decades to monitor, diagnose, and treat many medical conditions.

There are different types of X-rays used for different purposes. For instance, to have a closer look at your gastrointestinal tract,  your doctor might order an X-ray with a barium enema or a mammogram to examine your breasts.

However, getting an X-ray comes with its own risk, but for most people, the benefits outweigh the risks. At UC Best Medical Center, we first carry out diagnostics to know if our X-ray services will be right for you.

Reasons Why You Might Need an X-Ray

According to the FDA, 70% of Americans need a medical or dental X-ray. So there's a good chance you might need one at some point in your life. Here at UC Best Medical Center, our team of professionals uses this imaging data to diagnose and evaluate diseases.

Below are reasons why your doctor might order an X-ray:

  • To identify blockages in your gastrointestinal tracts. For digestive tract X-rays, we give you barium - a substance that allows radiologists to see your stomach, esophagus, and large or small intestine for issues
  • See if your heart is enlarged - a sign of heart valve disorder or heart failure.
  • Used to monitor various diseases and the progression of those diseases, such as osteoporosis 
  • To check the progress of certain medications to see if it's working or not

Other conditions that might necessitate the need for X-ray services include:

  • Breast tumors
  • Bone cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Block blood vessels
  • Tooth decay
  • Retrieving swallowed items
X-Ray Services

Preparing For an X-Ray Procedure

There are standard procedures in preparing for an X-ray. In most cases, you don't have to take any special steps to prepare for them.

However, depending on what your doctor is examining, you might want to consider wearing something comfortable to be able to move around. Keep in mind they might ask you to change over to a hospital gown to carry out the test. You'll often be asked to remove any jewelry or metallic items you have on before the examination. In many cases, it makes sense to leave those items at home.  

Furthermore, before having X-ray services performed, make sure you tell your doctor or the radiologist in charge if you have any implants from previous surgery, especially those that are metal, as this will distort the image.

In some cases, you might be offered a contrast dye or material before your procedure. This substance will help improve the image quality of the X-ray. They're known to contain barium or iodine compounds, which enhance the images. In some cases, such as an X-ray on the gastrointestinal tract might come with a fast. This is when your doctor might advise you to skip food for some time before the test.

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X-Ray Services FAQ's

According to the FDA, if you’re pregnant, the risk of you and your unborn child being exposed to radiation is very minimal. Though the benefits of finding out about your medical condition are very important.

Besides, the risk of not having the needed x-ray when you have an illness or disease that warrants one could be far greater than the risk from the radiation.

If you’re pregnant or think you might be, you need to discuss with your doctor whether an abdominal X-ray is right for you.

This will enable the doctor to decide whether to cancel, modify or postpone the X-ray. But depending on the risks involved, the doctor might decide to proceed as planned.

However, an X-ray involving your lower torso, i.e., Pelvis, Stomach, Abdomen, kidney, etc., might expose the unborn child to radiation. But feel free to discuss the decision with your doctor. Furthermore, medical imaging tests are safe for children. But unlike adults, children are more sensitive to radiation. Here at UC Medical Best Medical Center, we have experienced and registered radiologists. They’re skillful in carrying out specialized pediatric techniques to reduce radiation to the minimum. 

At UC Best Medical Center, we utilize digital radiography – a form of advanced X-ray system that produces a digital radiographic image on a computer.

Compared to other imaging devices you might find in other medical clinics, they come with flat panel detectors to provide high-quality digital images. These images can then be read quickly by our radiologists and shared with other departments and offices as needed.


When having an X-ray, you will often be told to stand against a flat surface or lie down.  They will position your body to be examined.

Then our radiographer will aim the X-ray machine at the part of the body that needs to be examined. They typically operate the machine behind a wall or in an alternative room. That is because the wall is full of lead, which will protect them from the x-rays. Exposure to the patient is very minimal, but the radiographer will be working in it day in and day out. So, for their safety, they will stand behind the wall. 

The X-ray is expected to last for a fraction of a second. When the radiologist is done taking the image, they will come out and give you instructions on what to do next. 

However, the radiologist may take more than one X-ray at different angles to provide enough information for diagnosis. The overall procedure is expected to take just a few minutes.

UC Best Medical Center is an industry leader providing X-ray services to our patients annually.

Presently, we provide quality improvement programs for our radiologists and technologists; to ensure that our services meet your daily needs and industry standards.

Finally, if you ever need to talk to an expert or need personalized service. Feel free to schedule an appointment or call (704) 635-7090. We’ll be happy to help you out in any way we can.