We use X-rays to find injuries and ailments that may be hidden
Your doctor may order an X-ray to help diagnose fractured bones, soft tissue injury or infection, and to locate a foreign object in the body. X-rays (radiography) use a small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the body's internal structures. Some X-ray exams may use an iodine-based solution or barium to get clearer images of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant. Your doctor may decide to postpone the exam or use an alternative exam, such as ultrasound, to reduce the possible risk of exposing your baby to radiation.