X-rays are the oldest, most commonly used form of medical imaging, which uses a small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the body’s internal structures.
An X-ray is a quick, painless procedure that produces images of the structures within your body. The most common areas tested during an X-ray are the abdomen, chest and your bones. X-rays can be used to detect diseases such as pneumonia, arthritis or blocked blood vessels.
X-rays work by passing levels of radiation through your body to record images which can then be examined by your doctor.
While X-rays don’t require any sort of specific preparation, you may be asked to remove any metal objects or clothing that may interfere with the image.