Why it’s done
X-ray technology is used to examine many parts of the body.
Fracture and infections. In most cases, fractures and infections in bones and teeth show up clearly on X-rays.
Arthritis. X-ray of your joints can reveal evidence of arthritis. X-ray taken over years can help your doctor determine of your arthritis is worsening.
Osteoporosis. Special types of X-rays tests can measure the density of your bones.
Bone cancer. X-rays can also reveal tumor in your bones.
Lung infection or conditions. Evidence of the problem such as pneumonia, tuberculosis or lung cancer can show up on chest x-rays.
Breast cancer. Mammography is a special type of x-ray test used to examine breast tissue.
Enlarged heart. One of the sign of congestive heart failure is an enlarged heart, which shows up clearly on X-rays.
Blocked blood vessels. Injecting a contrast material that contain iodine can help highlight section of yours circulatory system so that they can be seen on X-rays
Digestive tract problem. Barium a contrast medium delivered in a drink or in an enema, can help reveal problem anywhere in your digestive system.
Swallowed items. If your child has swallowed something like a key or a coin an X-ray can show the location of that object.