X-ray - skeleton

X-Ray of the Skeleton

X-ray of the skeleton assists in the diagnosis of disease, trauma, and unusual benign and malignant conditions. It is one of the most common imaging studies used in medicine. X-rays play a key role in the evaluation of the bones and joints in the body.


No special preparation is required for an X-ray of the skeleton. Patients may be asked to remove any jewelry or other metal objects. Additionally, specific garments such as overseeing gowns or shorts may be required for individual X-rays.


During the X-ray procedure, the patient will stand, sit, lie down, or be positioned in various ways. Special X-ray films or digital X-ray machines will be used to detect any existing bone or joint problem and to display the images on an X-ray screen.


Various types of X-rays can be done on the skeleton:

  • Full body X-ray
  • Joint X-ray
  • Spine X-ray
  • Chest X-ray
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome X-ray
  • Skull X-ray


X-ray of the skeleton poses minimal risks to the patient. However, X-rays are known to produce small amounts of radiation, so they should be used with caution. Generally, the benefits of an X-ray outweigh any risks associated with the procedure.

Why It Is Done?

X-rays can be used to:

  • Diagnose fractures, dislocations, or arthritis
  • Detect tumors, cysts or abscesses in the bones and joints
  • Monitor the progression of disease
  • Determine the effectiveness of treatment
  • Assist in surgery or injury

When To Do It?

X-rays of the skeleton are usually performed when a patient’s symptoms or risk factors suggest a bone or joint problem. X-rays can also be used to monitor existing conditions such as tumors or arthritis.