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X-ray imaging

X-rays use very low dose radiation to assess structures within your body. For the foot, x-rays are primarily used to look at structure and check for fractures. It can calso be used as part of an assessment of infection and soft tissue health - especially arterial health.

X-rays form part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Their use has been associated with developing cancer in the past, however, these days the accuracy of an X-ray beam and the doses that get used are highly regulated and well controlled.

X-rays are generally considered to be the first line investigation following a foot injury, and although this is the generally accepted scenario; there are other imaging modalities that are more accurate and can give better information that what is seen via x-ray.

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