Hello, I’m Dr. Jay Pahade, a diagnostic radiologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. I’d like to talk with you about bone radiography or bone x-ray.
X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. They are simple, quick and noninvasive. A bone x-ray is the fastest and easiest way for your doctor to evaluate bone fractures, dislocations, injuries and abnormalities.
Bone x-ray uses a very small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the bones in your body.
If your doctor has scheduled you for a bone x-ray, there are just a few simple things you need to do to prepare.
First, be sure to inform your doctor or technologist if there is any possibility that you might be pregnant. Leave any jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing without metal buttons or zippers. You may be asked to wear a gown and to remove any dental appliances, eye glasses, and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
You may have some concerns about x-rays. However, the amount of radiation used in a bone x-ray is extremely small and the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.
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