X-ray

X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.

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  • Definition

    X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.

    X-ray of Teeth
    Jaw x-ray teeth
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test

    X-rays can be taken of any part of the body. They are especially good for looking at teeth and injuries to bones.

    X-rays can also be used to:

    • Find an infection, especially pneumonia
    • Look for evidence of arthritis
    • Diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems
    • Look for fluid in the lungs
    • Look for problems in the abdomen

    By using oral, rectal, bladder or intravenous contrast materials they can used for other reasons, including:

    • Looking at the stomach and intestines, gall bladder, or liver
    • Small blood vessel disease
    • Urinary tract or reproductive syatem abnormalities
    • Bleeding
    • Locating tumors

  • Possible Complications

    An x-ray uses radiation to make images. The low levels of radiation from a single x-ray will not affect most people. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, talk to your doctor before getting an x-ray. Radiation may be harmful to developing babies.