Types of X-Rays

Definitions and examples of different Xray Types are presented in two views.


What are the different types of X-Rays?

From teeth to toes, abdomen to ankle, every part of the body can be studied with the help of X-ray. Most all xrays basically work the same, but there are a few major differences in these six types of ultrasounds that medical science recognizes differently.

Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder X-ray

Also known as KUB X-Rays, this test is performed to assess the abdominal area for what may be causing of abdominal pain. It can also assess the organs and structures of the urinary and/or gastrointestinal (GI) system. A KUB X-ray is practically the first diagnostic procedure used for the assessment of the urinary system.

Teeth and bones X-rays

Often using more specialized machines, these x-rays give a high level of detail about bones, teeth, and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays enable dentists to look at the tooth roots, the status of the developing tooth, and health of the bony areas.

Chest X-rays

A small test that uses radiation to produce images of the bones, tissues, and organs of the body in and around the chest. A doctor prescribes a chest X-ray for a number of reasons like shortness of breath, fever, chest pain, and persistent cough. It is a quick and effective test that aids in analyzing the health of some of the most vital organs.

Lungs X-rays

This type of X-Ray is used by doctors to assess the lungs by comparing the upper, middle & lower zones of the lungs. The asymmetry of lung density in a lung xray is represented as either abnormal whiteness (increased density) or abnormal blackness (decreased density). Once a radiologist spots the asymmetry, the next step is to decide which side is abnormal. If there is an area that is different from the surrounding ipsilateral lung, then this is likely to be the abnormal area.

Abdomen X-rays

Yet another imaging test to view structures and organs in the belly. This x-ray encompasses the small and large intestines, liver, and stomach. It is one of the first tests doctors use to find a cause of nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and swelling. Other tests like intravenous pyelography, ultrasound, and CT scan are also done to search for or pinpoint more specific problems.

Standard Computed Tomography

A more detailed version of the normal xray is called standard computed tomography or otherwise known as computerized axial tomography, or just a CT. It is performed in a hospital or at a radiologist’s office. The test aids in obtaining detailed images of areas inside the body, typically for the diagnosis of circulatory system such as blood vessel aneurysms, blood clots, and coronary artery disease.

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