A Diagnostic X-ray (radiograph) is a painless, noninvasive medical imaging study used to diagnose various medical conditions. X-rays use a small amount of ionizing radiation to generate pictures of inside of the body. A small burst of this radiation passes through the body, recording an image on photographic film.
Different parts of the body absorb X-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allows more of the radiation to pass through. As a result, bones appear white on the X-ray; soft tissue shows up in shades of gray; and air appears black. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
X-rays may be ordered for a number of reasons, including:
- Diagnosing fractured bones or joint dislocations
- Diagnosing pneumonia
- Demonstrating proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments
- Diagnosing emphysema
- Locating foreign objects in soft tissue around bone
- Diagnosing lung cancer
If your doctor has prescribed an X-ray, we are here to make sure your study goes as smoothly as possible.
*Note* Women are advised to let their Radiologist know if they are pregnant before having an X-ray.
Open MRI and Diagnostic Imaging of Wall offers state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, caring environment. Our staff is highly trained to provide accurate imaging and compassionate care. If you have any questions about our radiology services, call us at 732.974.8060 or contact us here.
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