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Last Updated: 01 May 2022
doctor showing a patient an x-ray "doctor showing a patient an x-ray", by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Drawing of a doctor showing a patient an x ray....

X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. Calcium in bones takes in x-rays the most, so bones look white. Fat and other soft cells take in less and look grey. One of the most familiar use x-rays is looking for fractures, however x-rays are used in other methods. You may put on a lead apron to protect certain components of your body when you have an x-ray. The amount of radiation you obtain from an x-ray is small. As an example, a chest x-ray offers a radiation dosage comparable to the amount of radiation you're naturally exposed to from the environment over 10 days. You might additionally have an X-ray to check for troubles in the bowel such as a blockage or free air in the abdomen. Tell the technologist if you: Are or might be pregnant; Have had an X-ray of this part of your body before; Have steel in the part of your body being imaged. Right here is what to expect before the test: You may be asked to remove your watch, jewelry, or garments with steel closures from the part of your body being imaged. You might be inquired about your total health or any medications you take. The posteranterior and lateral chest x-rays are straightforward techniques of finding lung cancers or lesions metastatic to the lung from other primary cancer sites. The most common x-ray used for the diagnosis of colon cancer is the barium injection. One common radiological examination used in the research study of the urinary tract is the KUB, a frontal film of the abdomen used to take a look at the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. There are several other urinary tract x-ray tests that use a contrast tool.

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