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X-RAY

What is an X-ray?

X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body on film or digitally that allow doctors to view and assess broken bones or other injuries. X-rays are an important tool in guiding orthopedic surgery and in the treatment of sports-related injuries. X-ray may uncover more advanced forms of cancer in bones, although early screening for cancer findings requires other methods.

What are some common uses of X-ray?

  • Assist doctors in identifying and treating of bone fractures.
  • View, monitor or diagnose joint injuries and infections, arthritis, artery blockages, abdominal pain.
  • Detection and diagnosis of cancer, although usually computed tomography (CT) or MRI is better at defining the extent and the nature of a suspected cancer.
  • How should I prepare for an X-ray?

    There is no special preparation required for most bone x-rays. You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination and remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects during the exam.

    Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.