What is an X-Ray Scan?
An X-ray is a painless and safe radiology scan. It uses a small amount of radiation to create detailed images of your bones and other structures inside the body, which cannot be seen otherwise. From ankle to abdomen and chest to dental, an X-ray scan can be used to study every part of the body.
An X-ray test is often used to help find the cause of common signs and symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, and deformities. It can also help detect broken bones and dislocated joints. After a broken bone has been set, an X-ray test can help determine whether or not the bone is in proper alignment and if it has healed completely.
Some X-ray exams may be done with or without the use of a contrast material (dye) that is either taken by mouth (orally) or injected into the veins. When the contrast material is used, the organs are seen more clearly in the scanned images.
What are the Types of X-Ray Scans?
- X-Ray: Abdomen
- X-Ray: Chest
- X-Ray: Arm/Hand
- X-Ray: Back (Spine)
- X-Ray: Head/Neck
- X-Ray: Hip/Pelvis
- X-Ray: Leg/Foot
What is the Purpose of an X-Ray Scan?
Your doctor may recommend an X-ray scan to detect problems such as:
- Bone fractures and dislocated joints
- Lung infection
- Dental decay
- Heart enlargement
- Blocked blood vessels
- Digestive tract problems
- Swollen body parts
- Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Bone Cancer, and Breast Cancer
How Do I Prepare? Do I Need to Fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines given below or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.