What to Expect During an X-ray

An X-ray uses low doses of radiation to produce images of the body.

Before Your X-ray

Before your test, you should let your technologist know if you are or may be pregnant, have ever had an X-ray on this part of your body before and if you have any metal in the part of your body being X-rayed.

Your technologist may ask you to remove any jewelry or garments that contain metal. You may also answer some questions about your overall health and medications you take.

During Your X-ray

For the best results, you should remain as still as possible during your X-ray. You may be asked to lie on a table, sit or stand. A lead apron may be used to shield part of your body from the X-rays. If your chest or abdomen is being examined, you will be instructed to take a deep breath and hold it for a few moments.

Each exam may require multiple X-rays, which could require you to reposition your body.

After Your X-ray

Contact your doctor to discuss your test results.

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