An X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. X-rays are most often used to detect bone or joint problems, or to check the heart and lungs (chest X-ray).
Let the technologist know
Tell the technologist if you:
- Are or may be pregnant
- Have had an X-ray of this part of your body before
- Have metal in the part of your body being imaged
Before Your Test
- You may be asked to remove your watch, jewelry, or garments with metal closures from the part of your body being imaged. These items can block part of the image.
- You may be asked to put on a gown.
- You may be asked about your overall health or any medications you take.
During Your Test
- You will be asked to lie on a table, sit, or stand.
- A lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield it from the X-rays.
- With an X-ray of your chest or abdomen, you will have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
- Each exam usually requires at least 2 X-rays. You will need to move your body before each new X-ray.
After Your Test
Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.
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