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Chest X-Ray

A chest x- ray is a painless, noninvasive test that produces images of the structures in the interior of your chest, such as your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. X- Rays are electromagnetic waves and they use ionizing radiation to create images of the inside of the body. Different tissues in the chest absorb different amounts of radiation. The ribs and spine are made of bone which absorb radiation well and they appear light on a chest x ray. The lungs, which are filled with air, appear dark. Chest x rays help doctors diagnose conditions such as pneumonia, lung cancer, lung tissue scarring and heart failure. A chest X-ray is the first procedure that you undergo if the doctor suspects you have heart or lung disease.

  • Chest X-rays can reveal cancer or infection in the lungs and it can also show chronic lung conditions.
  • Chest X-rays can reveal abnormalities in the lungs that stem from heart problems.
  • Chest X-Rays can show the changes in the size and shape of the heart which may indicate a variety of conditions, such as heart failure, congenital heart disease.
  • Chest X-Rays shows the outlines of the large vessels near the heart and can reveal aortic aneurysms or other blood vessel problems.
  • Chest X-rays can reveal the presence of calcium in the heart or blood vessels.
  • Chest X-rays are useful to monitor your recovery after a surgery in the chest.