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X-ray or Radiography

X-rays create two-dimensional images of the inside of your body by sending a type of radiation through the area being examined.

X-rays produce an image that shows internal structures in shades of gray, black and white. X-ray machines are very versatile and can be maneuvered to take pictures from various angles. You may stand, sit in a chair or lie on a table, depending on the part of your body being viewed.

Some types of X-rays work better with a contrast medium (dye) that provides a more detailed image. For this type of exam, you may be asked to take a substance, such as iodine or barium, by mouth or as an enema. X-rays typically take about 15 minutes to perform, but the exam may take longer if a contrast medium is used.

Doctors use X-rays to check for:

X-rays use only a small amount of radiation. However, your technologist may ask you to wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body during the exam. Please notify your technologist before X-rays are taken if there’s a chance you may be pregnant.

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