Accesa Health is pleased to offer access to screening Chest X-rays on a cash basis.
The total fee for a screening chest x-ray through Accesa Health is $95. This price includes the doctor's order that is required to get a chest x-ray, all x-ray fees, and a copy of your results that includes a radiologist interpretation. A chest x-ray ordered through Accesa Health can be performed at one of our affiliated imaging facilities (Torrance or Gardena). The turnaround time after the chest x-ray is performed is generally 2-3 business days.
To get a chest x-ray through us, simply come by Accesa Health in Torrance when we are open. It will take you 10-15 minutes to register and we will provide you with the necessary paperwork to get tested at one of the imaging facilities. You will pay part of the fee at our location and the rest at the time of your chest x-ray. Once your results are ready, you will have the option to receive them electronically or you can pick up a copy of the report in person at Accesa Health.
Currently, Accesa Health offers access to chest x-rays for people who need them for school or work requirements or for screening purposes before a surgery. We can also help people who need a chest x-ray because they previously tested positive on a TB test and people who need it as part of a routine physical exam. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a chest x-ray to anyone who has chest pain, shortness of breath, trauma, pulmonary (lung) tuberculosis, or for any other urgent conditions.
Getting a chest x-ray is a new process for many people but one that does not have to be alarming. A chest x-ray is a medical test that falls within a category of medical procedures known as imaging studies. Other types of imaging studies include tests like an MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound. X-rays are invaluable for helping medical professionals diagnose internal problems like broken bones, heart and lung abnormalities and more. The actual chest x-ray is a special picture of the inside of the chest.
To get a chest x-ray, you must go to a facility that has an x-ray machine. A technician will typically have you sit up in a chair located in a special room. Because the chest x-ray does involve a small amount of radiation, the technician may use heavy blankets with shields to protect specific parts of your body from any unnecessary radiation exposure. The technician will also put special plates and the x-ray machine in various places around your body. No needle or injection is required to get a chest x-ray.
Once you are properly set up for your chest x-ray, the technician will move to a separate part of the room and press a button that will take an x-ray picture of your chest. This involves sending a small amount of radiation through your chest onto the plates so that a picture of the inside of your chest can be captured. On your chest x-ray, harder structures like bones will appear white while air will appear dark. The contrast between the lighter and darker structures is what makes the chest x-ray useful for medical interpretation.
Once a chest x-ray is completed at the imaging facility, it will be assessed, or read, by a specific type of doctor known as a radiologist. Radiologists are specially trained in reading all kinds of imaging studies, including chest x-rays. In a typical chest x-ray report, a radiologist will examine the appearance of different parts of the chest such as the heart, lung fields and ribs. Through systematically analyzing these organs and structures, the radiologist will comment on their appearance and whether they look normal or abnormal. In most cases, the chest x-ray will look normal but the radiologist is trained to identify any abnormalities that might need additional investigation.
We understand that it can be difficult to get various types of imaging studies at cash prices. We are currently in the process of researching how to enable affordable MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds and more.
Please call us at (310) 606-3877 if you have any questions about our chest x-ray process. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you.