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Electromagnetic radiation used in diagnostic imaging to view shadows of tissue density in the body.
1. High-energy radiation with waves shorter than those of visible light.
X-rays possess the capabilities of penetrating most substances (to varying extents), of acting on a photographic film or plate (permitting radiography), and of causing a fluorescent screen to give off light (permitting fluoroscopy).
Formerly called a Roentgen ray, in low doses X-rays are used for making images that help to diagnose disease, and in high doses to treat cancer.
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Commonly used to detect abnormalities in the lungs, but it can also detect abnormalities in the heart, aorta, and the bones of the thoracic area.
The study of gross anatomy as demonstrated by radiological methods.