X-ray imaging is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging for the entire body.

Preferred Imaging Centers offer X-Rays for patients in Chicago (and nearby areas) for fast diagnosis of bone, heart, liver and other related issues. An X-ray scan is a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat various conditions such as determining whether a bone has been fractured, locating foreign objects, and assisting in the detection and diagnosis of cancer.

An X-ray machine is a medical imaging device that uses electromagnetic radiation to produce images of internal structures in the body. The machine sends X-ray beams through the body and captures the radiation that passes through to create images of bones, tissues, and organs. X-ray machines are commonly used to diagnose broken bones, detect infections, and screen for lung cancer.

X-Rays Can Be Used For Diagnosis Of:

  • An enlarged heart
  • Blood vessel blockages
  • Bone fractures
  • Cancers and tumors
  • Digestive problems
  • Dislocated joints
  • Fluid in lungs
  • Infections

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light, and an X-ray machine is essentially a camera. Instead of visible light, however, it uses X-rays to expose the image.

To make an X-ray (radiograph), a part of the body is exposed to a small quantity of X-rays, and since bone, fat, muscle, tumors, and other masses all absorb X-rays at different levels; you see different shaded structures on the digital image that is produced.

When properly used by a radiologist and technologist specially trained to minimize exposure, X-rays are safe and no radiation remains afterward.