X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.
How X-rays Help
X-rays are a painless way to obtain images of any part of the body. They're especially useful for looking at teeth and bones and are also used to:
- Find an infection, such as pneumonia
- Look for evidence of arthritis
- Diagnose problems in the heart and large blood vessels
- Detect fluid in the lungs
- Find problems in the abdomen
Sometimes, X-rays are combined with contrast materials, such as a contrasting dye, to get a closer look at other organs or identify abnormalities.
At Cape Cod Healthcare, you can walk into one of our convenient locations for an X-ray, but will need a written doctor's order for the procedure.
Learn More About X-rays
Additional information about X-ray technology is available in our online Health Library or from RadiologyInfo.org.