As with X rays, various forms of imaging can be used in a similar way for clinical purposes.
The most common types of imaging in use are; Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound (including echocardiography) and Computed Tomography (CT).
These techniques can be used to obtain images of the body to help direct investigations and sometimes make a diagnosis.
X-rays are useful in the detecting abnormalities in the skeletal system as well as for detecting some disease processes in soft tissue.
They are useful in picking up a genetic skeletal dysplasia or other bone abnormalities which can be indicative of various conditions. This may lead to more targeted investigations and diagnosis. X-rays themselves can be diagnostic in certain cases.