General Radiology (X-Ray)

X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs. Standard x-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.

When the a patient undergoes x-ray imaging, different parts of their body allow varying amounts of the x-ray beams to pass through. The soft tissues in the body, such as skin, fat, and muscle, allow most of the x-ray to pass through and appear dark gray on the image. A bone or a tumor, which is denser than the soft tissues, allow few of the x-rays to pass through and appear white on the x-ray. At a break in a bone, the x-ray beam passes through the broken area and appears as a dark line in the white bone.

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