X-rays are one of the most commonly known forms of imaging because they are extremely beneficial when examining and treating many different areas of the body. To learn more about X-rays, continue reading.

What is an X-Ray?

An X-ray is a quick, noninvasive and painless medical test that produces pictures of your extremities. X-ray images are based off of the density of the different areas of your body. For example, the air running through your lungs will show up as black while your bones will show up as white.

These images are beneficial when determining if a bone is fractured or broken, if a joint is dislocated, and many other potential injuries. X-rays are also helpful when diagnosing your body to see if there is arthritis, infections or other bone-related diseases.

How to Prepare for an X-Ray and What to Expect?

Most exams require no preparation and are completed within just a few minutes. We encourage you to dress comfortably and be prepared to remove glasses, jewelry or other metal objects. Also, be sure to let us know if you have had any metal implants. If your exam requires a contrast dye, you may be given an injection or a pill to swallow. If there are special instructions for your particular exam, you will receive detailed instructions prior to your appointment.