What Is an X-Ray Used For?

    X-rays are used to help diagnose fractured bones, look for injury or infection, and more.

    They are often used to help diagnose fractured bones, look for injury or infection, and locate foreign objects in soft tissues. 

    Some exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues, or bones. 

    X-rays can also guide doctors or surgeons during procedures. For example, X-rays can be used in coronary angioplasty to guide a catheter along the arteries.

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