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X-rays are pictures of the inside of the body. An X-ray machine creates these pictures using waves of energy called radiation. Bones and tissues in the body absorb different amounts of radiation, which show up on the X-ray pictures in shades of black, gray, and white.
X-rays are used to check for many health conditions, including broken bones, lung problems, and some types of cancer.
Generally, this is a safe procedure. However, being exposed to too much radiation over a lifetime can increase the risk of cancer. The risk from a single X-ray test is small.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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