- 1 Why does a doctor take an x-ray of a bone?
- 2 How do you know if you need an X-ray?
- 3 What is X-ray used for?
- 4 What is the medical purpose of x-ray image?
- 5 What should I do after X-ray?
- 6 How can you see a fracture on an X-ray?
- 7 What are the risks of X-ray?
- 8 What is the principle of X-ray?
- 9 What is the importance of X-ray safety precautions?
Why does a doctor take an x-ray of a bone?
Bone x – ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of any bone in the body. It is commonly used to diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation. Bone x-rays are the fastest and easiest way for your doctor to view and assess bone fractures, injuries and joint abnormalities.
How do you know if you need an X-ray?
However, there are a few indicators that suggest you may need an x – ray: Inability to walk four steps (twisted ankle) Joint immobility. Pain directly around the bone area.
What is X-ray used for?
X – rays can be used to examine most areas of the body. They’re mainly used to look at the bones and joints, although they’re sometimes used to detect problems affecting soft tissue, such as internal organs. Problems that may be detected during an X – ray include: bone fractures and breaks.
What is the medical purpose of x-ray image?
X – rays often are done to view bones and teeth, making them useful for diagnosing breaks, fractures, and diseases such as arthritis. A doctor may order an X – ray to look at organs and structures inside the chest, including the lungs, heart, and breasts, and in the abdomen to evaluate the digestive tract.
What should I do after X-ray?
After an X – ray, you generally can resume normal activities. Routine X – rays usually have no side effects. However, if you’re injected with contrast medium before your X – rays, drink plenty of fluids to help rid your body of it. Call your doctor if you have pain, swelling or redness at the injection site.
How can you see a fracture on an X-ray?
A fracture is generally visible in one direction only. Therefore, never settle for an image in only one direction. If bone fragments are displaced as a result of a fracture, the X – ray beam will not be absorbed by the bone at the fracture site (= the gap) (fig. 1a).
What are the risks of X-ray?
While X – rays are linked to a slightly increased risk of cancer, there is an extremely low risk of short-term side effects. Exposure to high radiation levels can have a range of effects, such as vomiting, bleeding, fainting, hair loss, and the loss of skin and hair.
What is the principle of X-ray?
CT, radiography, and fluoroscopy all work on the same basic principle: an X – ray beam is passed through the body where a portion of the X – rays are either absorbed or scattered by the internal structures, and the remaining X – ray pattern is transmitted to a detector (e.g., film or a computer screen) for recording or
What is the importance of X-ray safety precautions?
Because x – ray machines emit radiation, it is important to learn the appropriate machine settings and the exposure limits for radiation. ALWAYS be aware when the x – ray tube is active. Warning lights, shielding, and other safety devices should be maintained in good working order.