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An x-ray is a non-invasive exam that provides valuable information to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of radiation pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
X-rays can penetrate the body, which allows pictures of internal structures to be produced.
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Why is This Exam Done?
The chest x-ray is performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest when a patient is experiencing:
- shortness of breath
- persistent cough
- chest pain
Chest x-rays are also performed to help diagnose:
- heart failure
What Will Happen During the Exam?
Our technologist will position you with your hands on your hips. The chest will be placed against the x-ray equipment. Two views of the chest will be taken, one from the back and the other from the side of the body.
You will be asked to be still and to hold your breath for a few seconds while the picture is being taken. This is to ensure the best quality pictures (images).
The chest x-ray is usually completed within 15 minutes
How Should I Prepare?
- There is no preparation required for a chest x-ray
- You will be asked to undress and wear a gown during the exam
- You may be asked to remove jewelry and any objects that may interfere with the exam
- Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of Chest X-Ray:
- Easy to use
- Widely available, making it convenient for patients
- Radiation does not remain in a patient’s body after the exam
- Effective for quick diagnosis or certain medical conditions
Risks you should be aware of:
- You will be exposed to a small dose of radiation during your exam. However, the benefits outweigh the potential risk.
- Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or think there is a possibility you may be pregnant
Where Can I Get This Exam?
X-Ray is performed at all our locations: