One of the oldest forms of medical imaging, X-ray is a painless medical test that can help your doctor diagnosis and treat—even in emergency situations. It’s a fast and easy way for a doctor to view and assess conditions ranging from broken bones to pneumonia to cancer.
An X-ray image is formed when electromagnetic radiation passes through the body and strikes a film or detector. The contrast in the image is formed because the various tissues and structures in the body absorb the rays differently. This image is then interpreted by a radiologist and treatment options can then be discussed.
- Determining whether a bone is chipped, fractured, or dislocated.
- Evaluating joint injuries and bone infections
- Diagnosing and monitoring osteoporosis.
- Screening for lung and heart diseases and finding the reason for persistent cough and pain.
- Checking for a broken rib or punctured lung.