The bones of the human body are a part of the skeletal system. Human beings have more than 200 different bones in the body.
These bones are particularly hard and are designed to give the body some structural stability. The presence of hard bones in the limbs and joints makes it possible for the body to perform a number of extremely physically demanding tasks. Bones are made up of hard tissue with substances such as calcium being crucial for good bone development. The hard nature of bones makes it possible for the bone to get fractured. A fracture is a type of damage that leads to the splitting of the bone or the cracking of the bone. Bones are organic and tend to redevelop themselves over a period of time. This allows for bone fractures to heal if they are properly set.
An X-ray scan is an imaging procedure, essentially used for the identification of damage that has occurred to bones in the body. This damage is usually in the form of a crack or a fracture. In some cases, an X-ray procedure is used for joint analysis to check the status of the joint and the relative location of the various parts of the joint.
A bone X-ray is a non-invasive procedure that can be conducted in a matter of seconds. A bone X-ray is also very useful when determining the nature of complete fractures. Because the procedure is very easy to perform, it is preferred when dealing with injured individuals.
The human body has two collar bones, one on each side of the body. The collar bone or clavicle stretches from the top of the sternum to the shoulder joint on each side of the body. A collar bone X-ray is conducted to check for damage to the collar bone.
Damage to the collar bone occurs often in infants and young children. Damage to the collar bone is also something that sports persons need to be wary of. Contact sports tend to produce a large number of cases of collar bone damage. For a broken collar bone an X-ray is conducted in the same way as any other X-ray scan to know the amount of damage that has been caused.
There is no change in the procedure for this X-ray except for the fact that the target area of the radiation is the upper chest and shoulder. Collar bone damage can be viewed using a standing bone X-ray or one where the patient is lying down.
The nasal bone x-ray is another procedure normally carried out to check the damage occurred to the nasal bone; mainly the nose. A normal nasal bone x-ray would not indicate any major concerns. Speak to your doctor on any concerns that you have regarding conducting an x-ray.