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Digital General X-Ray

What is Digital General X-Ray?
An x-ray(radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

What are some common uses of the procedure?
A bone x-ray is used to:

* diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation.
* demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
* guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
* look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths, bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
* assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
* locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones
 
How can I prepare for my upcoming exam?
Most bone x-rays require no special preparation.

You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.

Women should always inform their physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

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