An x-ray examination is one of the most effective, and therefore, widely used methods of diagnosing and monitoring internal illnesses and injuries. The examination creates a two-dimensional representation of a person’s internal organs or bones, which aids greatly in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. An x-ray is a non-invasive procedure in which a small percentage of
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An x-ray is one of the most commonly used medical procedures. In fact, over 7 million general x-rays are performed in Australia annually. The main reasons for this are: the test is done quickly, it is one of the most efficient ways to diagnose and monitor the progress of various diseases and injuries, and there are minimal side effects.
Some of its main uses include:
Diagnosing fractures – detecting broken bones is one of the most common reasons the test is performed.
Diagnosis of dislocations – an x-ray will determine whether bones are abnormally positioned.
Diagnosing heart conditions – this x-ray is referred to as an echocardiogram.
Diagnosing chest conditions – detecting conditions such as: pneumonia, lung cancer and heart failure.
Determining a course of dental treatment – dental x-rays are routinely taken to survey damage and monitor changes.
A typical x-ray procedure involves:
Lying or standing on an examination table (depending on which body part is examined), a radiographer will place you between the x-ray machine and the imaging device which captures the x-rays.
While each image is taken, the radiographer will man the controls from behind a screen, calling instructions to you as necessary.
You may be asked to hold your breath as each image is taken so the motion does not blur the images.
Depending on which part of the body is being examined, x-rays can last from a few minutes to half an hour.
Our skilled and helpful radiographers will guide you at each step of the way should you require an x-ray at Iris Imagining.
An x-ray examination is one of the most effective, and therefore, widely used methods of diagnosing and monitoring internal illnesses and injuries.
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