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What are X-rays of the Bone or Joint?

X-rays are a common imaging test that uses small amounts of high-energy electromagnetic radiation to produce images for doctors to view the inside of the body. The level of exposure is considered safe for adults. It is not considered safe for a developing fetus so it is very important that a pregnant patient informs a physician of their pregnancy before having an X-ray taken.

X-rays pass through skin and soft tissue mostly, but do not pass through bone or metal easily. As different tissues in the body absorb different amounts of radiation, the images will show different shades of black and white.

One of the most common uses of an X-ray is to check for broken bones after an accident, but they are also used under many other circumstances.

X-rays are used to identify, diagnose, and treat many types of medical conditions. It is a key element and often times the first to be done in the diagnosis process.

Reasons for a Bone or Joint X-Ray: 

X-rays are used for a multitude of reasons. A physician may order an X-ray to check for certain cancers in different parts of the body by detecting abnormal tumors, growths or lumps.

A bone or joint X-ray is used to view the area of the body where a patient is experiencing pain, swelling, or other abnormalities that require an internal view of the organs. The X-ray can help a physician find a cause for the problems occurring.

X-rays can be used to diagnose a disease, monitor the progression of the disease, determine a treatment plan, and see the effect of a treatment plan.

Physicians use X-rays to locate foreign objects within the body and to guide them in setting broken bones.

A Bone or Joint X-Ray may help diagnose (find):

A bone and joint X-ray can detect arthritis in the bone. X-rays of the bones over the years can show worsening of arthritis.

X-rays of the bone and joint can reveal bone tumors and diagnose bone cancer.

Fractured bones, joint location, and infections of the bone and joint can also be diagnosed with an X-ray.

Certain types of X-rays can measure bone density and diagnose osteoporosis.

X-rays of the bone and joint can locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.

An X-ray of the bone and joint can detect a breakdown, erosion, or calcium loss of the bone.


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xray of elbow in motion two views
credit: Noah D. Weiss MD, Weiss Orthopaedics
ABOVE: This animation is actually a series of x-rays that have been put together to form a simulated motion. Doctors and Radiologists do not view x-rays in this manner. You should not expect to view your x-rays like this.

xray of foot in motion two views
credit: Noah D. Weiss MD, Weiss Orthopaedics
ABOVE: This animation is actually a series of x-rays that have been put together to form a simulated motion. Doctors and Radiologists do not view x-rays in this manner. You should not expect to view your x-rays like this.

xray of hand in motion two views
credit: Noah D. Weiss MD, Weiss Orthopaedics
ABOVE: This animation is actually a series of x-rays that have been put together to form a simulated motion. Doctors and Radiologists do not view x-rays in this manner. You should not expect to view your x-rays like this.

X-ray of hand two views

ABOVE: X-ray of all five fingers.


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