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Alternative namesX-ray - bone(s)
DefinitionAn X-ray used to detect fractures , tumors, or degenerative conditions of the bone.
How the test is performedThe test is performed in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an X-ray technician. You are asked to position the bone to be X-rayed on the table. The pictures are then taken, repositioning the bone for different views.
How to prepare for the testInform the health care provider if you are pregnant. You must remove all jewelry.
For infants and children:
The preparation you can provide for this test depends on your child's age and previous experiences. For specific information regarding how you can prepare your child, see the following topics:
How the test will feelThe X-rays themselves are painless; however, repositioning the bone may be uncomfortable.
Why the test is performedA bone X-ray is used to detect fractures, tumors, or degenerative conditions of the bone.
What abnormal results meanAbnormal findings include fractures, bone tumors , degenerative bone conditions, and osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone caused by an infection).
Additional conditions under which the test may be performed:
What the risks are
There is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is low compared with the benefits.
Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of the X-ray. A protective shield may be worn over areas not being scanned.
Update Date: 10/17/2003Jeffrey Brown, M.D., Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT