CHEST X-RAYS AT HOME
Regular x-rays, exams, and diagnostic procedures can make inconvenient trips to a hospital or clinic stack up. With at-home nursing services, Kinkaid Private Care can bring advanced imaging and diagnostic equipment to the comfort of home. A chest x-ray at home is one of the many imaging and diagnostic tools available to our patients and can ease the burden of healthcare for you or your loved one.
CAN I GET A CHEST X-RAY AT HOME?
X-rays have historically been an imaging technique that required large machines, typically housed in a hospital or outpatient clinic. But with the advent of portable x-ray machines, mobile diagnostic imaging services can now provide chest x-rays at home. These machines are small enough to fit inside a vehicle, provide the same image quality as x-rays at a clinic, and can be rapidly digitized and sent to outside providers.
With current technology, it is no longer necessary to travel to specialized imaging facilities for a chest x-ray. Home health care can bring imaging equipment directly to your house, making the imaging process simple and convenient.
ARE MOBILE CHEST X-RAYS SAFE?
X-ray technologies are a valuable tool for allowing your physician to “see inside” your body, gaining visual verification of medical conditions that they can otherwise only suspect. While x-rays are considered exceptionally safe, they do have a very small inherent risk due to the radiation that is used to produce images. Excessive radiation can increase the risk for some types of cancers, but the dose of radiation for a chest x-ray is so small as to be almost negligible.
For context, most people are exposed to about 3 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation each year from environmental factors alone. This radiation comes primarily from cosmic rays and the natural gas in our homes. Radiation exposure is a natural part of our lives and not a cause for concern until extremely high levels of exposure.
A mobile chest x-ray produces about 0.1 mSv of radiation, roughly equivalent to 10 days of background radiation. It should also be noted that radiation alone does not cause cancer – rather, it only increases the risk of cancer. The medical benefits of x-rays far outweigh the increased risk, but if you have concerns about the safety of an x-ray, speak to your medical provider.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR AN AT-HOME X-RAY
Our expert medical team will provide all the equipment and expertise needed to complete your chest x-ray. Home health care professionals will come to you with the x-ray machine, specialized imaging equipment, and computers equipped with the software required to capture high-quality digital images. Mobile x-ray machines are still large and require an open flat surface on the ground near the patient.
To prepare for an at-home x-ray, simply find a place where you can sit or lie still while the scans take place. This can be a couch, bed, or chair. Your x-ray technician will position the equipment, place a specialized plate behind your chest, and provide any instructions needed to complete the scan. For a chest x-ray, the technician will typically take multiple images from different angles and may require you to stand, hold your arms to the side, or rotate your shoulders.
WHO WE TREAT
Kinkaid Private Care offers concierge at-home medical services in Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Our services are available to all adults who value the convenience and practicality of at-home medical services, including families, elder care, psychiatric care, and memory care patients. Our multidisciplinary team is equipped to manage people with complex medical conditions and co-occurring disorders, and we pride ourselves in providing best-in-class care for our patients.
We proudly serve people who are looking for:
And much more. Whatever your medical needs are, reaching out to our experienced medical team can determine whether home care with a private physician is a good choice for you.
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WHO PROVIDES OUR CARE?
Our team of medical professionals are well-connected in all aspects of care we provide. This means that we will refer you to the right medical experts based on the services you seek. We then coordinate all logistics for your service, ensuring you receive care from the best in the business in the most convenient and comfortable way possible.
WHERE IS OUR AT-HOME CARE AVAILABLE?
Our in-home medical care is provided throughout the Los Angeles area. Specifically, we cover Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu, Holmby Hills, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, Beverly Glen, Beverlywood, and surrounding cities in California.