General X-Rays

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Diagnostic Radiology Services provides some of the fastest and easiest ways to view and assess broken bones, joints, skull, or spinal injuries.

General X-Rays are also used to detect and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases such as arthritis. It also plays a role in evaluating the health of the lungs, heart and chest wall. Medical conditions such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, emphysema, and lung cancer can be diagnosed on a chest x-ray.

The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white. This is because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most, so bones look white. Fat and other soft tissues absorb less and look gray. Air absorbs the least, so lungs look black.

X-rays play a key role in guiding orthopedic surgery, treatment of sports-related injuries, spinal repair, and joint replacements.

Process: At least two images (from different angles) are taken and often three images are needed if the problem is joint-related (knee, elbow or wrist). 

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