X-Ray services offered in Clarksville, Nashville and Erin, TN and Hopkinsville, KY

An X-ray can identify injuries invisible to the naked eye, such as fractures and dislocations. At Gateway Foot and Ankle Center, with locations in Clarksville, Nashville, and Erin, Tennessee, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the team of board-certified podiatrists use X-ray imaging to diagnose foot and ankle problems and help guide treatment. To schedule X-rays today, call the nearest office or book online.

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a noninvasive procedure that uses digital sensors and ionizing radiation to capture images of the bones and joints in your feet and/or ankles. 

At Gateway Foot and Ankle Center, the team uses X-ray imaging to diagnose and treat underlying health problems, like fractures and joint abnormalities. If you experience foot pain, bruising, or swelling and it continues or worsens, request an X-ray appointment immediately.

What types of problems can an X-ray help diagnose?

At Gateway Foot and Ankle Center, the team uses X-rays to diagnose various foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Joint abnormalities, like bunions
  • Degenerative conditions, like arthritis
  • Cysts
  • Cancer

X-ray imaging can also identify bone infections. 

How do I prepare for a foot or ankle X-ray?

X-ray imaging is safe, but it could expose the growing fetus to radiation, so make sure to let your Gateway Foot and Ankle Center provider know if you’re pregnant or might be pregnant. 

On the day of your X-rays, wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes and leave your jewelry at home. X-rays typically take less than 15 minutes and there’s no downtime. After treatment, you can return to work and other routine activities right away.

What does getting X-rays involve?

At Gateway Foot and Ankle Center, radiologic technologists perform foot and ankle X-rays.

When you arrive, you sit or lie down on an X-ray table. Then, your technologist places several objects, like pillows or sandbags, next to your leg or foot. The objects keep your limbs from moving, allowing for clearer and more accurate images. Last, your technologist positions a digital X-ray plate under the table. They leave the exam room and take a series of X-rays.

Your technologist returns to the exam room, repositions your foot and ankle, and repeats the process several times. After taking a series of X-rays, your technician reviews the results, confirms your diagnosis, and makes treatment recommendations.

When will I get the results of my foot and ankle X-ray?

The team at Gateway Foot and Ankle Center offers digital X-rays. Digital X-rays take less than five minutes to develop, so your technologist reviews them immediately. Afterward, they share your results with a podiatrist who then develops a custom treatment plan.

To undergo a foot or ankle X-ray today, call the nearest Gateway Foot and Ankle Center office or book online.