X-ray is an imaging test that uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the internal parts of the body. Every part of the body can be examined through an X-ray allowing doctors to view and assess conditions ranging from broken bones to pneumonia and cancer.
X-ray is one of the oldest and most frequently used forms of medical imaging and is an extremely simple, painless, and relatively quick medical test. Traditional X-rays use film to capture images of the body’s internal structures, however, with advances in technology, digital radiography has become a more efficient and safer method of producing diagnostic X-ray images.
Like any medical procedure, X-ray scans can pose some risks. Exposure to high radiation levels can lead to health issues, fortunately, digital X-rays produce 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays, making them a safer alternative when performed by a professional.
Following the X-ray scan, a radiologist will view and interpret the results and will send them back to the doctor. In the case of a digital X-ray, the results can be stored electronically and retrieved by physicians via a secure portal usually within 24 hours of the exam.
X-rays are usually the first medical imaging procedure requested by physicians for diagnostic purposes, however, they can also be used to check on the progression of a condition or injury, or to assess the progress following treatment.