The X-Ray department plays a useful role in the detection of pathology of the skeletal system as well as for detecting some disease processes in soft tissue.

Some notable examples are the very common chest X-ray, which can be used to identify lung diseases such as pneumonia, lung cancer or pulmonary edema, and the abdominal x-ray, which can detect bowel (or intestinal) obstruction, free air (from visceral perforations) and free fluid (in ascites).

X-rays may also be used to detect pathology such as gallstones (which are rarely radiopaque) or kidney stones, which are often (but not always) visible.

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