X-ray, also known as radiography, is the radiology method that is probably most familiar to the general public. It uses radiation to produce images of bones and other internal tissues and organs, most commonly to look for fractures or signs of joint problems such as arthritis. Conventional X-rays may also sometimes reveal signs of other internal conditions, such as heart problems or certain types of cancer; however, other imaging methods are usually more effective in detecting cancer at its earlier and more treatable stages.
Your physician may order an X-ray at RMI if a fracture or other problem in your bones or joints is suspected. As the fastest and easiest imaging method, an X-ray may also be used for an initial evaluation for other possible conditions, to help your physician decide whether a more detailed examination using other techniques is warranted.