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What is a facial X-ray?

A facial x-ray is a series of pictures of the bones in the face. X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation. In an x-ray procedure, a machine sends x-ray radiation through the body or head to create pictures on a computer screen or on film. In those pictures, dense structures such as bones, show up white because they absorb the x-ray particles, while other structures, such as muscles, may show up gray or black. A facial x-ray may be done to:
  • identify the cause of facial pain
  • find problems of the sinuses or face such as tumors or polyps
  • note signs of infection, such as sinusitis
  • check for fractures in the bones of the face, nose
  • check the bones around the eyes
Facial x-rays are usually painless procedures. If a problem is identified on a facial x-ray, your doctor may refer you for further testing, such as a CT scan.

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