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An X-ray is a medical imaging test that uses electromagnetic radiation to create images of the inside of the body. It is a non-invasive and painless procedure that is typically performed by a specially trained technician.

During an X-ray, the patient is positioned between the X-ray machine and a film or digital detector. The X-ray machine emits a small amount of radiation, which passes through the body and is absorbed differently by different tissues. The resulting image on the film or digital detector shows the internal structures of the body, including bones and organs.









The length of time an X-ray takes is a few minutes.

Most people do not experience pain during an X-ray. 

Common diagnoses made by an X-ray include:

  • Broken bones, by detecting fractures or dislocations in bones.

  • Lung conditions, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or lung cancer.

  • Dental problems, such as cavities or impacted teeth.

  • Arthritis, by detecting changes in the bones and joints.

  • Digestive problems, such as blockages or ulcers in the digestive tract.

  • Breast cancer, by detecting abnormalities in breast tissue.

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