X-RAYS

An X-ray is a quick, painless medical imaging test that produces images of the structures inside of your body — most often to view your bones.

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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.

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Specific Xrays:


AbdomenAnkleAppendixArmBladderBlood VesselsBoneBowelBrainBreastCervical SpineChestColonDiscElbowFallopian TubeFingerFootGallbladderHandHeadHeartHipJawJointKidneyKneeLegLumbar SpineLungLymph NodesNeckNosePelvisRibsShoulderSinusSkullSpineTeethThoracic SpineThumbToeUrinary TractUterusWrist

Getting an Xray:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.


Before the Xray
During the Xray
After the Xray

Quick History of Xrays:

From Ivan Pulyui's very first vacuum discharge tubes in 1877, to the most recent advancements in the field, see the timeline of how it all happened. Our timeline and historic photos present a quick overview.

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Specific Xrays

AbdomenAnkleAppendixArmBladderBlood VesselsBoneBowelBrainBreastCervical SpineChestColonDiscElbowFallopian TubeFingerFootGallbladderHandHeadHeartHipJawJointKidneyKneeLegLumbar SpineLungLymph NodesNeckNosePelvisRibsShoulderSinusSkullSpineTeethThoracic SpineThumbToeUrinary TractUterusWrist


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IMPORTANT: The information on this page, and throughout the entire site, is not intended to provide advice or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s). Images are shown for illustrative purposes. Do not attempt to draw conclusions or make diagnoses by comparing these image to other medical images, particularly your own.








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