X-rays (radiography)

The imaging procedure that is the most widely available and is used most often is radiographs, more commonly known as x-rays. If you just twist your ankle or sprain your wrist, your physician will most likely order an x-ray to be certain there isn't a fracture (broken bone). X-rays are almost always used when joint dislocations and broken bones are suspected, and if your physician suspects bone or joint damage due to other conditions they may also be recommended.   During an x-ray, the part of the body the doctor wants a picture of is placed between a special photographic film and the x-ray machine. When the technician is sure the part of your body is in the correct position, you will be a...

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