X-ray, also known as Radiography, is the fastest and easiest way for a Radiologist to view bones, the lungs and certain soft tissues. X-ray is most commonly used to assess broken bones, but also plays a key role in orthopedic imaging for surgery and sports-related injuries, as well as many other diagnostic purposes.
Using a focused beam of energy that produces images of the body, X-ray beams will project an image of bones and soft tissue onto either film or a computer. Because bones and soft tissue absorb the X-ray beam differently, bones will appear lighter and soft tissue will appear darker.
The X-ray Procedure
Generally, two or three x-rays will be taken depending on the body part that is being viewed. There is no preparation for an x-ray, although you may be asked to change into a gown to eliminate any interference from metal objects on clothing. You may return to normal activities once your x-rays are complete.