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A scan is performed in order to see the interior of the body for examination. The image is produced by using high powered magnets and radio waves to create a picture of the internal structures. This is ideal for post-op examination to see how the body is healing in a non-invasive way. These types of scans are key for accessing the stage of a disease or the severity of a tear or fracture.
X-rays come in many variations. Chest X-rays (as the name states) are a form of radiation. With this comes a small risk of radiation exposure, but the benefits of having a clear image to help with the diagnosis far outweigh the risk of harm by the radiation. When the charged particles come in contact with the body, the tissues in the body absorb the particles at different rates which allows the machine to create an image of what’s inside. Calcium in the bones absorbs the X-rays well, producing a clear image of the bone.