What is X-Ray?
An X-Ray examination is a medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat their patients’ medical conditions. It is the oldest and most commonly used form of medical testing. An X-Ray is a painless and quick test for the patient. It involves exposing the part of the body that is being examined to a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce highly accurate pictures of the body.
We frequently depend on X-Rays to diagnose pneumonia, lung tumor and heart failure.
X-Ray is the first test in evaluating abdominal pain due to bowel obstruction, kidney stones and other abnormalities of bones and joints. It is indispensable for fracture detection.
How is X-Ray Performed?
Conventional radiography (x-ray) is a simple, painless procedure that enables the radiologist to analyze the bony and soft tissue anatomy for diagnosis. The average x-ray study takes 10-15 minutes. X-ray is most commonly used to identify and treat bone fractures and analyze the chest for diseases such as pneumonia.
Fluoroscopy uses a fluoroscope, which is an instrument consisting of an x-ray machine and a fluorescent screen, to view the internal organs of the body. It is especially helpful in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys, and gallbladder. A fluoroscopy exam usually lasts 10-15 minutes. A contrast agent is usually needed to allow visualization of the area of interest.