An X-ray is aquick and painless procedure commonly used to produce images of the inside of the body.

It's a very effectiveway oflooking at the bones and can be used to help detect a range of conditions.

X-rays are usually carried outin hospital X-ray departments by trained specialists called radiographers, although they can also be done by other healthcare professionals, such as dentists.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 16 Jan 2017