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X-ray Performed by Hill Medical

What is an X-Ray?

X-ray or radiography, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical diagnostic imaging. Discovered more than a century ago, x-rays can produce images of the structures inside the human body. X-ray images are produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body to create an exposure similar to photography. These x-ray images can be captured on film and/or digitally viewed from a computer screen. X-ray is a fast and easy imaging method used by physicians to obtain an “inside look”. The discovery of x-ray technology has been called one of the most significant advances in all of medical history.

Common uses for X-Ray

X-rays can be used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases such as arthritis. They can also play an important role in the detection and diagnosis of cancer, although usually computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging ( MRI ) is better at defining the extent and the nature of a suspected cancer. At least two and sometimes three to four x-ray images are obtained from different angles in order to properly view the anatomy.

Another common type of x-ray taken is of the chest. Chest x-rays are a simple way of providing physicians with valuable information concerning the general condition of your health. They are used primarily to evaluate the lungs, heart, large arteries, ribs, and the diaphragm. Chest x-rays are frequently utilized in cases of suspected pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung tumor or collapsed lung.