An x-ray is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body. This radiation is captured on film, video, or computer to produce a black-and-white image to be viewed by a radiologist.
X-rays may be used to detect bone fractures, find foreign objects in the body, demonstrate pathology, and demonstrate the relationships between bone and soft tissue.
A chest x-ray is the most common type of x-ray and produces an image of the heart and lungs. A chest x-ray is often part of a routine physical examination and may be used to rule out conditions such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, tuberculosis, or other heart and lung conditions.
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