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An X-ray is a picture of the inside of your body. Depending on the part of your body to be X-rayed, the X-ray may show bones, organs, foreign objects, or pockets of air or fluid. Any part of your body can be X-rayed, including your head, chest, belly, arms, and legs.
Doctors use X-rays to help find out what's wrong or whether there is a problem, what is causing pain, or where a foreign object may be located in your body.
X-rays can also help check the position of a tube or device you've had put in your body. Examples may include a gastrostomy tube, a port, or a stent.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: April 5, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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