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X-Ray

An X-ray can effectively identify joint and bone problems by exposing the body to a small dose of radiation to view internal images.

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a quick and easy way to take a photo of the body through radiation and identify problems within the body. X-rays are recommended when there are suspected bone breaks, fractures or infections as they can produce images of the inside of the body.

X-rays find it harder to pass through dense parts of the body such as bone therefore they show up white on scans. Therefore, darker areas on images indicate where there is damage. Less dense parts of the body such as heart and lungs appear darker on the scans too.

 

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What can X-rays detect?

X-rays are useful for detecting many issues internally within the body and can highlight abnormalities within different areas. They can be useful to guide doctors and surgeons throughout certain procedures as they can help them view the inside of your body without having to make an incision.

Damaged bones or joint issues

X-rays can be very effective for detecting damage to bones and diagnosing a range of conditions which include fractures, breaks, joint dislocation and joint abnormalities.

Heart and lung disease

X-rays can highlight failures in the heart as well as infection. Lung cancer and abnormalities in the lungs such as pneumonia can be identified by the use of an X-ray. Chronic health conditions such as cystic fibrosis can also be found.

Scoliosis

An X-ray can diagnose scoliosis, a condition in the spine where an irregular curvature appears affecting individuals of all age ranges. X-rays can determine the severity and identify which treatment will be appropriate.

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