In This Page:
- Need to Know
- Nice to Know
- Why is This Exam Done?
- What Will Happen During the Exam?
- How Should I Prepare?
- What Should I Bring?
- What are the Benefits and Risks?
- Where Can I Get This Exam?
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 using radiation to produce images of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Need to Know
Nice to Know
Why is This Exam Done?
X-Rays are an excellent tool for assessing skeletal trauma (e.g. broken bones), for diagnosing the gastro-intestinal system (digestive tract), for high resolution diagnostic imaging of the breasts (mammography), and for comprehensive imaging of the thoracic cavity including the lungs and heart..
What Will Happen During the Exam?
Generally, two or three X-rays will be taken depending on the body part that is being viewed. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the very short exposure time. If necessary, you will be instructed to hold your breath in order to prevent motion from blurring the images. A patient may return to normal activities once his X-rays are complete.
How Should I Prepare?
- There is no preparation required for an X-Ray
- You will be asked to undress and wear a gown during the exam
- You will be asked to remove jewelry and any objects that may interfere with the images.
- Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
What Should I Bring?
Your physician order if it has not already been sent it to us prior to your appointment
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of Chest X-Ray:
- 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.
Where Can I Get This Exam?
X-Ray is performed at all our locations: