X-rays can be used to examine most areas of the body. They are most helpful when looking at the bones and joints, although they’re also frequently used to image soft tissue, such as internal organs.
X-rays are a type of radiation absorbed at different rates by different parts of the body. An x-ray plate on the other side of the body picks up the X-rays after they’ve passed through and turns them into an image.
Dense parts of your body (that X-rays find it more difficult to pass through), such as bone, show up as clear white areas on the image. Softer parts (that X-rays can pass through more easily), such as your heart and lungs, show up as darker areas.
We have a digital x-ray machine at Molecare so we can produce images very quickly without the need to process a wet film. This allows less time under anaesthetic and an easy transfer of images between General Practice and Referral/Second opinion if required.