What is X-Ray?
X-Ray (also known as Radiography) is a painless exam that helps radiologists diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. Images can be taken of the spine, foot, ankle, leg, knee, arm, wrist, hand, head, chest, or abdomen.
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When is X-Ray Used?
X-Ray is most commonly used to:
- Determine whether a bone has been fractured or if a joint is dislocated.
- Ensure that a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing.
- Determine whether there is a build up of fluid in the joint of around a bone.
- Guide orthopedic surgery.
- Evaluate injury or damage from conditions such as infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths or other bone diseases, such as osteoporosis.
- Assist in the detection and diagnosis of cancer.
- Locate foreign objects.
- Evaluate changes in bones.
- Evaluate heart and lung status.
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How to Prepare for Your X-Ray Exam
No special preparation is required for an X-Ray. The X-Ray technologist will provide you with brief instructions once you arrive for your X-Ray.