The first thing you probably think of when you see the word x-ray is broken bones. It’s true that many times when you break a bone you have to visit the ER where they will give you an x-Ray. This is not the only time an X-ray is used though. We thought it would be smart to tell you some other ways in which x-rays are used. There are many other medical uses of x-rays. Chest x-rays can spot pneumonia and mammograms use x-rays to look for breast cancer.
Even dentists use x-rays when examining your teeth. According to the Colombia College of Dental Medicine, x-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. With intraoral x-rays, the x-ray film is inside the mouth. With extraoral x-rays, the film is outside the mouth.
X-rays can also be used for your abdominal region. Digestive tract problems can be revealed anywhere in the digestive system with the aid of Barium, a contrast medium a patient needs to either drink or receive through an enema before being scanned. Swallowed items can be identified and located through x-rays.
Furthermore, x-rays don’t only reveal broken bones, but also weak bones. That’s right Osteoporosis can be identified through certain types of x-ray tests that measure the density of a person's bones. Plus, bone cancer is often revealed through tumors that can be revealed through x-rays.
A lot of people worry about x-ray radiation. When you have an x-ray, you may wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body. The truth is, the amount of radiation you get from an x-ray is small. For example, a chest x-ray gives out a radiation dose similar to the amount of radiation you're naturally exposed to from the environment over 10 days.
As you can see, medical x-rays don’t only come in handy when your son fractures his ankle playing soccer, but also when you need to get a cavity filled among other things. These are just some medical uses of x-rays. They can also be used for security, preserving history, etc. If you need an x-ray, make sure you set up an appointment with us or if it’s an emergency call 911!