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X-Rays

X-rays use radiation energy to create images of internal body structures.  X-rays are a non-invasive procedure, meaning that the body does not have to be surgically opened to see a bone or tissue.  X-rays are used to help diagnose a condition, such as a broken bone or some types of tumors.  X-rays are used to screen for some types of diseases, such as lung cancer.  Doctors also use the information from X-rays to help formulate treatment plans.

Procedure
X-rays can be performed in your doctor’s office, an outpatient radiology center, or a hospital radiology department.  An X-ray is a quick, painless procedure.  You will be asked to remove metal objects, such as jewelry or watches, from the area being X-rayed.  An X-ray technician will position your body in accordance with the X-ray camera.  The parts of your body that are not being X-rayed may be shielded with a lead apron or blanket.  In some cases, a contrast dye may be injected to add contrast to the X-ray image.  You will be asked to remain motionless while the X-ray is taken. 

Results
Your doctor and/or a radiologist will review your X-ray results.  When your doctor receives the results, he or she will review them with you and discuss your treatment plan.

 

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