At Radiology Muskegon, we make getting an X-ray safe and easy. We perform X-rays at multiple outpatient clinics, local urgent care centers and at hospital locations in Muskegon and Shelby Michigan. X-rays are accessible, fast, painless, safe and relatively inexpensive. X-ray exams do not require an appointment and can be performed at any time during normal business hours at one of our outpatient imaging facilities. The cost of most X-ray exams is covered by private insurance or Medicare/Medicaid plans.
What will I experience during an X-ray exam? (how long does it take, painless,…)
What is an X-ray used for?
Can be performed on any body part to evaluate anatomy for bone and soft tissue abnormalities. Excellent for evaluating certain body parts but is of limited value for evaluating other body parts.
Where do I go for an X-ray exam?
X-rays are typically performed in one of our outpatient imaging facilities. X-rays can also be performed at our hospital locations, urgent care centers or at a physician’s office.
How do I prepare for an X-ray exam?
Limited preparation is required. Loose fitting clothing is recommended. Patients may be asked to change into a gown provided by the imaging facility, remove jewelry or empty pockets prior to the exam.
What are the benefits and risks of an X-ray exam?
X-rays are safe, easy, painless and widely accessible. X-rays can be performed without a scheduled appointment at multiple outpatient imaging facilities throughout West Michigan. X-ray is portable and can be performed quickly. The only risk of an X-ray is its use of ionizing radiation to create images. The amount of radiation required for most X-ray exams is very low.
What will I experience during an X-ray exam?
An X-ray itself is painless. Some discomfort is possible during an X-ray exam depending upon the positioning required of the body part to be imaged. The vast majority of X-ray exams are tolerated well by patients.
How do I get the results of an X-ray exam?
Exam results are usually available within 24 hours after the exam is performed. Once the exam is interpreted and reported by the radiologist, the exam results become immediately available for review by the requesting physician through the secure Mercy Health Partners patient portal system and the results become part of the patient’s permanent medical record. Patients can request a copy of their images at the performing imaging facility.
Are the costs of an X-ray exam covered by insurance?
The vast majority of X-ray exam costs are covered by private insurance plans and Medicaid/Medicare plans. Generally speaking, the cost of most X-ray exams are low. At Radiology Muskegon, we strive to reduce unnecessary costs incurred by patients. There are options available to patients for financial assistance or reduced payment plan options if patients are not able to pay the costs of imaging.