Medical X-rays are able to image and identify bony and soft tissue structures. Diagnostic x-ray is the most common medical use of X-ray. Diagnostic x-ray examines the body using the basic x-ray techniques. These X-ray images can be either radiographs (or "still" images) or fluoroscopy (or "real-time" images). Fluoroscopy uses x-rays with video cameras so internal motion can be visualized. Some X-ray exams require drinking or injection of a "contrast" material that will better outline structures to be seen on the image.

There are many types of X-ray exams and most don't require any special preparation. Those that do require preparation are exams that need to be done by appointment.

Safety Information

Extreme care is taken during any x-ray procedure to ensure the lowest possible dose of radiation without compromising image quality.

Common exams that may be performed include: