Even today, X-rays are still important to assess the fine bone structure as a supplement to other diagnostic methods. X-rays are also a useful addition to magnetic resonance imaging for specific questions, such as whether there is a calcium deposit in the shoulder joint.
Of course, radiation exposure can be minimized by various measures and is normally relatively low with these images.
Calcium depot in a shoulder joint
This x-ray of a right shoulder joint shows a large oval calcium deposit approximately in the middle of the image. For the detection of such calcifications, the X-ray examination is sometimes better suited than a magnetic resonance tomography.
Cervical spine - overview photo
This lateral x-ray of a cervical spine shows a degenerative change of the intervertebral disc between the 5th and 6th cervical vertebral body.