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Digital X-ray

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.

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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.​

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