X-RAY DEFINITIONThe x-ray is an immediate, pain-free imaging test that reveals the state of the inner structures of your body. Bone and metal, which are dense materials, will show up as white on x-rays. Muscle and fat will then manifest as different shades of gray, while air in the lungs will appear as black.
X-RAY PURPOSEThe x-ray machine makes use of x-ray beams that go through you and are absorbed in different amounts depending in the denseness of what they're passing through. An x-ray is usually recommended in order to examine the health or current condition of different parts of the body, like the digestive system, chest, bones, and teeth.
X-RAY RISKSYou'll face some risks when taking x-rays, such as radiation exposure and contrast medium side effects. The most severe complications from contrast medium usage are cardiac arrest and anaphylactic shock. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking an x-ray.
X-RAY PREPARATION REQUIREDEvery type of x-ray has different ways for you to prepare for each. You're usually required to undress the part of your body that needs to be x-rayed. Metal objects, jewelry, and glasses will also need to be removed prior to taking the x-ray. You may be injected with a contrast medium such as iodine and barium to make the x-ray images clearer than before.
X-RAY PROCEDUREAn x-ray can be done at hospitals, emergency rooms, dentists' offices, and doctors' offices. The x-ray machine works by emitting a tiny burst of radiation at safe levels that goes right through your body and records the image on a plate of sorts.
X-RAY COMPLICATIONSComplications for x-rays include low-level radiation exposure and critical contrast material side effects such as cardiac arrest, anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction, and severe low blood pressure.
X-RAY SIDE EFFECTSThe likeliest and most immediate side effects you'll experience are from the contrast medium, not the x-ray itself. They include allergy, hives, itching, nausea, lightheadedness, a metallic aftertaste, and a feeling of warmth or flushing.
X-RAY RESULTSThe x-ray results will depend on why you've been given an x-ray in the first place. Was it used to check out the deepness of your tooth's cavity, the health of your lungs, or how broken your bones are? The radiologist is responsible for interpreting the results and sending his findings to your doctor, who'll then tell you about them.