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Bone X-Ray

What is an X-ray?
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the Body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Why should I do it?
A bone x-ray is used to:

  • Diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
  • Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
  • Guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
  • Look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
  • Locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.

Any preparations needed?

  • Most x-ray examinations require no special preparation
  • You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
  • You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
  • Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.