X-rays use radiation energy to create images of internal body structures. X-rays are a non-invasive procedure, meaning that the body does not have to be surgically opened to see a bone or tissue. X-rays are used to help diagnose a condition, such as a broken bone or some types of tumors. X-rays are used to screen for some types of diseases, such as lung cancer. Doctors also use the information from X-rays to help formulate treatment plans.
X-rays can be performed in your doctor’s office, an outpatient radiology center, or a hospital radiology department. An X-ray is a quick, painless procedure. You will be asked to remove metal objects, such as jewelry or watches, from the area being X-rayed. An X-ray technician will position your body in accordance with the X-ray camera. The parts of your body that are not being X-rayed may be shielded with a lead apron or blanket. In some cases, a contrast dye may be injected to add contrast to the X-ray image. You will be asked to remain motionless while the X-ray is taken.
Your doctor and/or a radiologist will review your X-ray results. When your doctor receives the results, he or she will review them with you and discuss your treatment plan.
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