Friday, October 4, 2013

The Benefits Of Xrays

The Benefits of X-Rays

People are often concerned with the risks involved with getting X-rays. However, it has been proven that the benefits of receiving X-rays outweigh the risks. One X-ray can pin point a medical problem that otherwise may be missed or ignored by the human eye.


An X-ray uses electromagnetic radiation to take photo like images of different areas of the human body. It is a painless test used by medical professionals to help diagnose and treat a wide range of medical problems. The type of X-ray used is dependent upon what part of your body the doctor will be X-raying and the purpose for the X-ray.

Plain Radiography X-Rays

Plain radiography is the basic and most used type of X-ray. During this process, an X-ray machine is placed in front of the patient's body or area that needs to be X-rayed, then a recording plate is put behind the area of the body that is being X-rayed. The X-ray machine lets off radiation that captures a picture like image onto the recording plate.

Computed Technology X-Rays

Computed technology (CT) X-rays requires a patient to lie on a sliding table, the CT scanner then begins to move slowly through a circular rim and X-rays begin to be delivered in several directions. A computer then combines each of the pictures received and puts them together a two-dimensional photo of the patient's body.

Painless Procedure

Either procedure you are required to use is painless. Whether you are receiving an X-ray in the dentist office or the doctor office there will not be any pain. There is no cutting, sticking or any other discomfort. The procedure is simple, fast, and has no side effects. There might be some discomfort depending on the temperature of the room and the position in which you need to stand or sit to get a good X-ray picture, but you will not feel any pain at all.

Overall Benefits

There are risks but the benefits are many. When there are broken bones in question an X-ray is the fastest and easiest way for doctors to locate, view, and assess sprains, torn muscles and broken bones. X-ray equipment is easily available and you will not be required to travel outside of where you are being seen. No radiation remains in your body after you receive an X-ray examination.

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