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.