X-ray Tests

Basic Facts

  • X rays use electromagnetic energy and special film to produce a picture of internal human anatomy.
  • X rays may identify abnormalities in bones and organs.
  • X rays are among the most widely used, oldest, safest, and most convenient tests to help diagnose disease.

X ray tests show the body’s internal structure, and can diagnose or follow up on the following conditions:

  • Urinary tract stones;
  • Urinary obstructions;
  • Prostate cancer;
  • Urinary tract infections; or
  • Benign (non-cancerous) masses in the urinary tract.


The patient should remove metal objects such as jewelry and keys, and will wear a lead-lined x ray gown or remain dressed.

Women who are pregnant should notify their physicians.


The patient will stand in front of or lie down on a table under the x ray machine. Patients may be asked to take a deep breath and hold it during the x ray. X rays may be taken at different angles.


Patients can resume normal activities immediately following routine x rays.

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