What is an X-Ray

An X-ray is a common imaging test that has been used for decades to help doctors view the inside of the body without having to make an incision.

Your doctor may order an X-ray if he or she needs to look inside your body. For example, your doctor may want to:

  • view an area where you are experiencing pain
  • monitor the progression of a disease, such as osteoporosis
  • see the effect of a treatment method

Some conditions that may call for an X-ray include:

  • arthritis
  • blocked blood vessels
  • bone cancer
  • breast tumors
  • conditions affecting the lugs
  • digestive problems
  • enlarged heart
  • fractures
  • infections
  • osteoporosis
  • swallowed items