Cancer X Ray Testing – Information & Support

Types of x-rays

  • Abdominal x-ray: Sometimes known as a KUB (Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder) This is an x-ray of the stomach (abdomen) and is used to diagnose or identify suspected problems in the abdomen or urinary system, such as a kidney stone or blockage in the intestine.
  • Barium x-ray: Sometimes known as lower gastrointestinal series. It is a special x-ray of the large intestine, including the colon and rectum. A liquid called barium sulfate is placed in the rectum which liquid allows a greater contrast on the x-ray. The barium eventually passes out of the body.
  • Bone x-ray: Probably the most common of all the x-rays, used mainly to detect fractures, tumors, or degenerative conditions of the bone.
  • Chest x-ray: It may also be done if you have signs of lung cancer, or other chest or lung disease. Two views usually taken: one from back to front (posterior-anterior view), and one from one side to the other (lateral view).
  • Dental x-rays: are pictures of the teeth and mouth.
  • Lumbosacral spine x-ray: is an x-ray of the small bones (vertebrae) in the lower part of the spine (the lumbar region) and the sacrum, the area that connects the spine to the pelvis. It is used to help evaluate back injuries and persistent.
  • Skull x-ray: is a picture of the bones surrounding the brain, including the facial bones, the nose, and the sinuses.
  • Thoracic spine x-ray: is an x-ray of the twelve chest (thoracic) vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by flat pads of cartilage that cushion them. Taken to help evaluate bone injuries, disease of the bone, tumors of the bone, or cartilage loss.

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