The Process of X-Rays and How They Work

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X-rays help to find health conditions in patients.

X-rays help to find health conditions in patients.[/caption]X-Rays are one of the oldest diagnostic imaging procedure that is still in use today, and is known for its effective and diverse range of diagnostic applications. X-rays use small amounts of radiation that pass through parts of the body (such as the chest or musculoskeletal system) to evaluate abnormalities in the body.In examples for the chest region, X-ray scanning can locate and evaluate various abnormalities such as:Blocked blood vesselsBreast cancerEnlarged heartFluid surrounding the heart and pulmonary embolismLung cancerLung infections or conditionsPneumoniaX-rays can also be used to scan bones and teeth for fractures or infections, as well as conditions such as arthritis, bone cancer and osteoporosis. X-rays can also detect conditions such as pneumonia or breast cancer.The X-ray process is performed at a number of medical facilities. The process creates a small amount of radiation, and the resulting image is then recorded on a specialized plate. The X-ray radiation is painless, making the exam a relatively safe procedure (though technicians ensure the patients receive only a minimum amount of radiation during the procedure).Preparation for the exam is simple, requiring the patient to remove all metallic objects (glasses, jewelry, etc.) and wear a dressing gown during the procedure. In some cases, the patient may be required to wear a dressing gown to minimize radiation. Exams usually last a few minutes, though in more involved cases, can last up to an hour. Once the X-ray is complete, the patient can resume their normal level of activity without side effects.The X-ray results are saved digitally on computers, and viewable in minutes for instances such as emergency cases. Radiologist technicians will speak with the doctor in determining the overall diagnosis.To schedule your next X-ray appointment, contact Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging today by calling (702) 732-6000, or visiting our website at:

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