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X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.
Reasons for Test
X-rays can be taken of any part of the body. They are especially good for looking at injuries to bones.
X-rays can also be used to:
- Find an infection
- Locate tumors
- Look for fluid in the lungs
- Look for problems in the abdomen
- Diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems
An x-ray uses radiation to make images. The low levels of radiation from a single x-ray will not effect most people. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant talk to your doctor before the x-ray. Radiation may be harmful to developing babies.
What to Expect
Prior to Test
Before your x-ray is taken, you may be asked to remove jewelry an