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X-Ray Explained To Quell Your Fears – Purpose, Procedure, And Risks!

X-rays are the most reliable & commonly used diagnostic examinations. They help doctors to see inside your body and identify problems. X-ray diagnoses are quick, painless, and relatively inexpensive. X-rays are also generally considered to be safe. However, you should be aware of a few x-ray risk factors.

In this blog post by Finn Chiropractic, we’ll explore the purpose, procedure, and risks associated with x-rays!

Purpose of X-Ray

  • One common use of x-rays is to diagnose problems with bones. When you break a bone, doctors can use x-rays to see the location of the break and then decide on whether or not it needs to be set or confined in a cast.
  • X-rays can also be used to detect arthritis, tumors, and other problems with the bones.
  • Another common use of x-rays is to diagnose problems with the lungs. Pneumonia, lung cancer, and tuberculosis are all diseases that your practitioner can detect with x-rays.
  • X-rays can also diagnose problems in the digestive system. Swallowed objects, such as coins or pieces of food, can often be seen on an x-ray. Blockages in the intestines can also be detected with x-rays.

X-Ray Procedure

The x-ray procedure is fairly simple. You will be asked to remove any synthetic clothing or jewelry that might interfere with the x-ray. The x-ray technician will then instruct you to stand or sit in front of the x-ray machine.

A small plastic film holder will be placed against your skin. The x-ray machine will then be turned on, and a brief burst of radiation will pass through your body and onto the film.

You will be able to leave immediately after the x-ray is complete.

Risks

Damage Cells in the Body

Radiation exposure is the main risk of x-rays. X-rays use ionizing radiation, which can damage cells in the body. This damage can lead to cancer. However, the risk of developing cancer from an x-ray is very low.

Radiations May Harm the Fetus

Generally, x-rays are considered safe for pregnant women. However, suppose there is a possibility that you are pregnant. In that case, you should always tell your doctor before having an x-ray. This is because the radiation from an x-ray can potentially harm the fetus.

Suppose your doctor believes that the benefits of an x-ray outweigh the risks. In that case, they will take steps to minimize your radiation exposure.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to the contrast dye may occur after an x-ray. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include hives, itching, rash, and difficulty breathing.

Kidney Damage

The contrast dye used in some x-rays can cause kidney damage, especially in people with kidney problems.

We have explored a few risks associated with x-rays. However, these risks are usually very mild and only occur in a small number of people. In most cases, the benefits of having an x-ray far outweigh the risks. So, if your doctor recommends an x-ray, don’t be afraid! It could help them diagnose a problem and get you on the road to feeling better.

Our objective at Finn Chiropractic, serving Bradford Woods, is to deliver high-quality X-ray services that are suited to the needs of each patient. We provide X-ray evaluations for patients ranging in age from infants to the elderly – our technicians are well-trained to perform x-rays of all types!

Schedule your appointment online for an X-ray!