X-Ray

X-rays were historically the first radiologic technique used and are still the most commonly ordered in diagnostic imaging. X-rays can be obtained quickly and are inexpensive. Therefore, x-rays are often used as the initial imaging modality. They are often the only imaging required for diagnosis for many diseases; however, an abnormality may be noted on plain film which could require further study with a more advanced imaging equipment such as a CT or MRI.

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