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).
Things to be aware of
Tell the technologist if you:
Before your test
Here is what to expect before the 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 medicines you take.
During your test
Here is what to expect during the 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 belly, you will have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
Each exam usually needs at least 2 X-rays. You will need to move your body before each new X-ray.
After your test
Here is what to expect after the test:
Your healthcare provider will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.
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