What Are X-rays? X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate or pass through the human body and produce shadow-like images of bones and some organs. The images can reveal signs of disease and injury. There are several different types of X-rays that are used for different purposes, but the most common (and perhaps the one you need to schedule soon) is a bone X-ray. We’ve listed a few other reasons you might want to schedule an X-ray below.
Other Reasons to Schedule an X-ray
- To examine an area where you might be experiencing pain or discomfort
- To monitor the progression of a diagnosed disease
- To check how well a prescribed treatment is working
Are X-rays Safe for Children?They are. Even though X-rays require a small amount of radiation exposure, the benefits of your child getting an X-ray usually far outweigh the negatives. Plus, the radiation exposure is so small that unless your child is getting X-rays over and over again, it’s likely that there will be no uptick in potential X-ray risks. We understand if you are still a little wary of X-rays, though, so we’ve listed some ways you can exercise caution for your children below.
Ways to Limit X-ray Risks
- Ask your healthcare provider how an X-ray will help. Ask if there are other procedures that might be lower risk but still allow for good assessment or treatment.
- Ask if a protective shield can be used. If you or your children are getting an X-ray, ask whether a lead apron or other shield should be used.
- Know your or your child’s X-ray history. Keep a list of imaging records, including dental X-rays. Show the card to your doctor or radiologist to avoid unnecessary duplication of X-rays of the same body part. In fact, keep a record card for everyone in your family.