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  • Spinal X-Ray Medical Test X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that are focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. X-rays can pass through most objects, including the human body. X-rays make a picture by striking a detector...
  • Extremity X-Ray Medical Test Describes extremity X-rays, what they are, and why they are done. Provides tips on how to prepare. Also covers risks. Explains normal and abnormal results, as well as what can affect accuracy of tests.
  • Abdominal X-Ray Medical Test An abdominal X-ray is a picture of structures and organs in the belly (abdomen). This includes the stomach, liver, spleen, large and small intestines, and the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the chest and belly...
  • Skull X-Ray Medical Test A skull X-ray is a series of pictures of the bones of the skull. Skull X-rays have largely been replaced by computed tomography (CT) scans.
  • Facial X-Ray Medical Test A facial X-ray is a series of pictures of the bones in the face. One type of facial X-ray (called a paranasal sinus X-ray series) looks at the air-filled cavities (sinuses) around the nose and eyes.
  • Dental X-Rays Medical Test Explains what dental X-rays are and why they are done. Covers commonly used types of dental X-rays, including bitewing and panoramic X-rays. Includes info on risks. Also covers what results mean.
  • Chest X-Ray Medical Test A chest X-ray is a picture of the chest that shows your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. A chest X-ray also shows the bones of your spine and chest, including your breastbone, your ribs,...
  • Sinus X-Ray for Sinusitis A sinus X-ray is a series of pictures of nasal sinus cavities.
  • Arthrogram (Joint X-Ray) Medical Test An arthrogram is a test using X-rays to obtain a series of pictures of a joint after a contrast material (such as a dye, water, air, or a combination of these) has been injected into the joint. This allows your doctor to see...
  • Osteoporosis: Should I Have a Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) Test? Decision Point Guides through decision to have a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test for osteoporosis. Explains DXA test. Includes risk factors for osteoporosis you can and cannot change. Covers benefits and risks. Includes an interactive tool to help you decide.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Body Medical Test A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body.
  • Bone Density Medical Test A bone density test measures the density of minerals (such as calcium) in your bones using a special X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan. This information is used to estimate the strength of your bones.
  • Mammogram Medical Test Discusses mammogram, an X-ray test of the breasts used to screen for breast problems. Covers at what ages women should have a mammogram. Discusses how it is done and how to prepare for it. Covers possible results.
  • Lungs and Airways Learning Center Has info on general coughs, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and COPD. Also has chest X-ray info and interactive topics on bronchitis and croup.
  • Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) Series Medical Test Discusses test that uses X-rays to find problems in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. Covers why and how it is done. Offers tips on preparing for the test. Covers risks. Looks at results and at what could affect the test.
  • Navicular Fracture of the Wrist Discusses a break in the navicular bone, one of the bones in the wrist. Covers causes and symptoms, such as pain, tenderness, and swelling. Discusses diagnosis using X-rays. Covers treatment with arm cast, splint, or surgery.
  • Estimating Body Fat Percentage There are a number of ways to estimate what percentage of your weight is fat. But measuring body fat is not done routinely, because all of these methods have advantages and disadvantages as well as margins of error.
  • Radiation Exposure: Risks and Health Effects Radiation is energy that travels as a wave or particle. Some types of radiation, called ionizing radiation, can be harmful. Radioactivity is ionizing radiation that is given off by substances, such as uranium, as they decay.
  • Pregnancy: Chemicals, Cosmetics, and Radiation Take care to protect your developing fetus from dangerous substances during your pregnancy:
  • Breast Cancer Screening and Dense Breasts: What Are My Options? Decision Point Guides you through breast cancer screening choices if you have dense breasts. Discusses the benefits and risks of choosing more testing after a mammogram, such as ultrasound or MRI. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

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