Typically, two or three X-rays are taken depending on the part of the body that is being viewed. It’s important to be still as possible, and you may be asked to hold your breath to inhibit movement from blurring the images

An X-ray machine produces a small burst of radiation that passes through the body, recording an image digitally.

Different parts of the body absorb the X-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allow more of the X-rays to pass through them. As a result, bones appear white on the x-ray, soft tissue shows up in shades of gray and air appears black.

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