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What is Bone Radiography (X-Ray)?

Radiography, or as it is most commonly known, an x-ray. is the oldest and most frequently used torm of medical imaging. Discovered more than a century ago. x-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body on film or digitally on a computer screen.
X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, joint or spine injuries. X-rays also play a key role in guiding orthopedic surgery and in the treatment of spots-related injuries. X-ray may uncover more advanced forms of cancer in bones although early screening for cancer findings require other methods.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

Probably the most common use of bone radiographs is to assist the physician in identifying and treating fractures. X-ray images of he skull, spine, joints and extremities are performed every minute of every day in hospital emergency rooms, sports medicine centers, orthopedic clinics and physician offices. Images of the injury can show even very fine hairline fractures or bone chips, while images produced after treatment ensure that a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing.
Bone x-rays are essential tools in orthopedic surgery. such as spinal repair, joint replacements or fracture reductions. X-ray images can be used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases such as arthritis. They also play an important role in the detection and diagnosis of cancer. although usually computed tomography (CT) or MRI is better at defining the extent and the nature of a suspected cancer. Severe ostheoporosis can be visible on regular x-rays, but bone density determination for early loss of bone mineral is usually done on specialized, more sensitive equipment.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

There is no special preparation required for most bone radiographs. You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry. eyeglasses and any metal objects that could show up on the images and overlap important findings. Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

How is the Procedure performed?

The technologist positions the patient on the examination table and places a film holder (cassette) under the table in the area of the body to be imaged. Sandbags or pillows may help the patient hold the proper position. Then the technologist steps behind a radiation barrier and asks the patient to hold very still without breathing for a few seconds. The radiographic equipment is activated. sending a beam of x-rays through the body to expose the films The technologist then repositions the patient for another view and he process is repeated. When your xorays are completed you will be asked to wait until the technologist checks the images for adequate exposure and motion.

What will I experience during the X-Ray procedure?

X-ray imaging itself is painless. Some discomfort may result from lying on the table, a hard surface that may feel quite cold. Sometimes to get a clear image of an injury such as a possible fracture. you may be asked to hold an uncomfortable position for a short time. Any movement could blur the image and make it necessary to repeat the procedure to get a useful, clear picture.