X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging used to diagnose conditions in the chest, bone, sinuses, skull, or spine. It is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones and can also be used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases.
Unlike most forms of radiation, X-rays can pass through body tissue, making it possible to provide images of internal structures without performing surgery. During the procedure, electromagnetic radiation passes through the body onto film. Dense structures such as bone absorb most of the radiation and appear white on developed film. Structures that are less dense appear in lighter shades of gray and black.
Different types of X-rays are offered at specific imaging center locations, some include:
There is little reason to worry about the small amount of radiation you will be exposed to when you receive an X-ray. However, for your safety certain questions may be asked, e.g "Are you pregnant or suspect that you may be?". Signs are posted reminding you that you should inform your physician or technologist before the test is performed, as special precautions may need to be taken.
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