X-ray - Definition

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Radiography is more commonly known as x-ray, this type of ray being the basis for this extremely widely-used medical imaging technique. X-ray allows us to visualize an organ, bone, or any other part of the body, on a computer screen, and then print out the image onto photographic film. This is a completely painless procedure that can potentially be performed by all medical specialties in order to establish or confirm a diagnosis. Radiography is frequently necessary in many different contexts, including the investigation of a fracture following trauma, study of the lungs during a chest x-ray, or visualizing the abdomen during a procedure that is called abdominal x-ray without contrast. X-ray is avoided for pregnant women as a precaution, unless it is an emergency.