Latest update from our client, Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches about X-Ray: Purpose, Procedure, and Risks

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation used to take images of the inside structures of the body, such as bones and soft tissues. It is a painless medical imaging procedure that helps doctors diagnose various conditions accurately and create the right treatment plan.

During an X-ray procedure, the patient will be positioned in a way that the body part to be examined is located between an x-ray source and detector.

Once the machine is turned on, X radiation will travel and pass through the body, where it will be absorbed by the tissues and internal organs. Each body structure will absorb different amounts of radiation depending on its radiological density. For example:

  • Bones will appear white since they have more radiologic density than other structures.
  • Air will appear as black
  • Muscles, fat, and other soft tissues will appear as gray.

An X-ray is a convenient and effective tool used by healthcare providers to assess the health of their patients without the need for an incision.

Furthermore, X-ray technology may also be used to monitor conditions and even treat chronic diseases, such as cancer.

X-Ray: Purpose, Procedure, and Risks


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