What is an x-ray?

An x-ray uses electromagnetic beams to produce images of tissue, bone, and organs. These images are produced when varying amounts of the x-ray beam pass through the body.

Soft tissue allows the most to pass through, and these appear gray. Bones, which are much more dense, allow very little of these beams to pass through and will appear white. If there is a break in the bone, the x-ray beam will pass through the broken area and will appear as a dark line.

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