X-rays are a form of radiation that can capture an image of the internal structures of our body either digitally or on film. It is a quick, safe and painless process and is useful in screening for lung disease and bone porosity or to detect fractures. In addition, a special type of X-Ray called a mammogram is an important tool to detect breast cancer. X-Rays are useful as a first line assessment but if more detail is required, techniques such as ultrasounds, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are preferred.
Common uses of X-ray: Radlink
It is useful to diagnose bone and joint injury and diseases such as fractures, dislocations and infection. The imaging process is painless, fast and uses very low doses of radiation, making X-ray a very quick and reliable diagnostic tool.
A chest x-ray is usually done for the evaluation of lungs, heart and surrounding anatomy.
Preparation for X-ray:
Usually, no special preparation is required but you will be asked to remove any objects such as jewelry or spectacles that may show up on the X-ray. You may also be asked to change into a special gown for greater comfort during the X-ray. Women should also inform the radiographer if there is any possibility they may be pregnant, to avoid exposing the fetus to radiation. In circumstances where an X-ray is necessary, steps are taken to minimise exposure to the fetus.