X-ray is the oldest and most common form of medical imaging. This non-invasive procedure involves exposing a section of the body to small amounts of radiation to yield an internal image. While most people are familiar with the use of x-rays to detect and treat broken bones in emergency centers, x-rays also enable physicians to:
- Detect bone cancer and joint abnormalities, like arthritis, as well as measure bone density
- Diagnose and monitor health issues in the chest, such as pneumonia, emphysema, and heart failure
- Identify ulcers, growths (benign and malignant), and hernias in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as inflammatory bowel disease
Dress comfortably on the day of the appointment. You may be asked to change into a gown for the procedure, and you may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures, personal items like your wallet, or any other metal objects during the examine so they do not obstruct or interfere with the x-ray.