Why is an X-ray done?

X-ray images of the skeletal system and internal organs are used for a wide variety of diagnostic purposes. X-rays are especially useful in showing detailed images of skeletal structure. They are more limited in their ability to reveal injuries or abnormalities in soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments.

What happens during the X-ray procedure?

To make X-ray images, electromagnetic radiation is passed through the body, and captured on film in the form of a radiograph. You may be asked to lie above film plates, or stand in front of them. The X-ray technician will align the X-ray machine to take images only of the parts of the body specified by your doctor. In recent years, sensitive films have greatly reduced the amount of radiation required to produce a radiograph.