An x-ray is a common imaging study performed to assist physicians in viewing the inside of the body without having to make an incision. A physician will order an x-ray to view an area where a patient complains of pain or to view a how a fractured bone is healing. Some conditions for which physicians may order x-rays include:
● Conditions affecting the lungs
● Digestive problems
● Enlarged heart
● Swallowed items
● Tooth decay
X-rays use small amounts of radiation and they are monitored and regulated so that the patient gets the minimum radiation exposure to produce the image. X-rays are not considered safe for a developing fetus. Inform your physician if you think you might be pregnant. If any doubt exists a pregnancy test will be performed prior to performing the x-ray. The patient will be asked to sign a form verifying that they are not pregnant prior to the x-ray being performed.