How is it used?

X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way to view and assess broken bones, joints, skull, or spinal injuries. 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). X-ray images of the skull, spine, joints and extremities are performed every minute of every day in hospital emergency rooms, outpatient imaging centers, sports medicine centers, orthopedic clinics and physician offices. X-rays play a key role in guiding orthopedic surgery, treatment of sports-related injuries, spinal repair, and joint replacements.

General x-ray is 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.