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An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. An x-ray image can be taken of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, foot, ankle, leg (shin), knee, thigh, hip, pelvis or spine. A chest x-ray can also be performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall. What are some common uses of the procedure? Some common uses of an x-ray include: • Diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation. • Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture. • Look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths, bony changes seen in metabolic conditions. • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer. • Locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones. • Diagnose pneumonia. • Diagnose heart failure and other heart problems. • Diagnose emphysema and/or lung cancer. How should I prepare? Most x-rays require no special preparation. You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images. Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.