X-ray (xray): Risk Factors for Complications During the Procedure
X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.
X-ray of Teeth
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X-rays can be taken of any part of the body. They are especially good for looking at teeth and injuries to bones.
X-rays can also be used to:
- Find an infection, especially pneumonia
- Look for evidence of arthritis
- Diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems
- Look for fluid in the lungs
- Look for problems in the abdomen
By using oral, rectal, bladder or intravenous contrast materials they can used for other reasons, including:
- Looking at the stomach and intestines, gall bladder, or liver
- Small blood vessel disease
- Urinary tract or reproductive syatem abnormalities
- Locating tumors
Last reviewedFebruary 2014by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.