What are the different types of X-rays?

German mechanical engineer and physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays back in 1895.X-ray image of an arm and hand giving a thumbs up sign.

In those early days, X-Rays were not exactly safe. Exposure to radiation caused less than desirable damage to the exposed tissue and didn’t provide a clear image.

To put it lightly, it took a lot of trial and error to achieve the X-rays that we have today.

Since then, this technology has come a long way to become a safe, reliable method for diagnosing conditions in the body without the need for incisions.

The exposure to radiation is very low and the benefit of achieving an accurate diagnosis far outweigh any minor potential risks.

Let’s explore some of the different types of X-Rays and what they are used for!

Bone X-Ray

Broken bones, fractures, and dislocated joints. All are detected by the use of X-rays. But that is not all. X-Rays are also used to diagnose arthritis and to determine if it is getting worse, as well as osteoporosis and bone cancer.

Dental X-Ray

Once a year or perhaps every other year, your dentist will conduct X-rays on your mouth to check for cavities, infections, or other dental concerns. In this instance they are used as a preventive measure to detect potential issues as early as possible. X-rays will also be employed if you experience pain in your teeth or gums that requires further research to determine a diagnosis, or if you choose to undergo any cosmetic dentistry.

Chest X-Ray

Your chest houses your heart, lungs, and other important organs. Specialized chest X-rays are used to detect lung cancer, tuberculosis, or pneumonia. They can also determine if you have an enlarged heart or blocked blood vessels. Mammography is a type of chest X-Ray that examines breast tissue to detect breast cancer.

Abdominal X-Ray

Issues related to the digestive system, which includes the stomach and intestines, are explored using an X-ray of the abdomen.

Rely on the professionals at ImageCare Radiology when you need an X-ray in New Jersey.

With the exception of dental X-Rays (you will have to rely on your dentist for those), we provide the X-rays you need in a comfortable, welcoming environment. We also accept walk-in X-Rays at all three of our locations!