An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body, particularly your bones. X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through.
X-rays are most well-known for their ability to see through the skin and reveal images of the bones beneath it. Today, advances in technology have led to more powerful and focused X-rays and ever greater applications of these light waves. For some types of X-ray tests, a contrast medium — such as iodine or barium — is introduced into your body to provide greater detail on the images.
X-ray beams pass through the body and are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material passed through. Dense materials like bone show up as white on X-rays. The air in the lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear in of gray.
Your healthcare provider may recommend an X-ray for a wide variety of reasons including the following:
If your healthcare provider has recommended an X-ray, it is important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early diagnosis can lead to better treatment. For more information, please visit Radiologyinfo.org.
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