This form of diagnostic imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. This type of radiology exam is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Diagnostic imaging with x-rays involves exposing part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of your body.
X-rays are commonly taken of the chest and bones. A chest x-ray is often used to evaluate the lungs, heart, and chest wall. Some conditions this can help diagnose are:
- Lung cancer.
- Heart failure and other heart-related problems.
- Line and tube placement.
- Other medical conditions.
Bone x-rays are often performed to help:
- Diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
- Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
- Look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
- Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
- Locate foreign objects in soft tissues in or around bones.
- Guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
An x-ray usually requires no special preparation.
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