X-ray scans are performed to check for breaks and abnormalities in the skeletal system. During an X ray, the patient is covered with a protective smock and placed in front of a special camera, either standing or lying on a table. Based upon the area to be examined and the circumstances, different types of X-ray scans may be used.
An X-ray picture taken from the side.
An X-ray picture in which the beams pass from front-to-back (anteroposterior). As opposed to a PA (posteroanterior) film in which the rays pass through the body from back-to-front.
A chest x-ray can be used to define abnormalities of the lungs such as excessive fluid, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, cysts, and cancers. Heart abnormalities, including fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion), an enlarged heart, heart failure, or abnormal anatomy of the heart can be revealed on the films. Certain bony structures of the chest, and broken bones or abnormalities of the bones of the spine (vertebrae) in the chest can often be seen. A chest x-ray is a safe procedure which is commonly used both in annual physical exams and evaluations of patients before certain surgical operations.