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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