X-rays are types of electromagnetic radiation used to image the skeleton. The test is quick and painless. We are constantly exposed to naturally occurring background radiation with different levels across the country.
X-rays for medical imaging of the limbs and most joints are of low doses, typically equivalent to less than 1.5days of natural background radiation. The dose increases as larger parts of the body are x-rayed and as the x-rays passes through more sensitive organs. Because of this, x-rays must legally be requested by approved practitioners.
X-rays are extremely useful for detecting problems with bones such as fractures, arthritis and joint replacements.
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