As with X rays, various forms of imaging can be used in a similar way for clinical purposes.
The most common types of imaging include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), ultrasound 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.