Chest X-Ray

Your doctor has referred you for an X-Ray exam.

  • X-Ray is a quick simple way to evaluate all areas of the body.
  • An X-Ray is an image (picture) 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).
  • How X-Ray Works:

    • X-Rays work by sending small amounts of radiation through the body to expose a film on the other side of the part being imaged. This film then is developed by the technologist and can be read by a Radiologist.
    • If an X-Ray has been ordered, your doctor has decided that its value outweighs any risk.

    Preparing for the Exam:

    • No advance preparation is required. Eat normally and take any medication as usual, unless your doctor has given you other instructions.

    What to Expect:

    • You will be asked to sit, stand, or lie on the table. This depends on the part of your body being imaged. A lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield you from the X-Rays.
    • The technologist will leave the room while the X-Ray is taken. They will talk to you from behind the wall.
    • 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 X-Ray may require two or more views.
    • You may be required to change your position before each new view.

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