An X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to make 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). They are also used to check for calcifications in your body, such as renal stones. You may also have an X-ray to check for problems in the bowel such as an obstruction or free air in the abdomen. X-rays are also used to look for a foreign body, such as metal. This can be from trauma or a swallowed object.
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 may have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
Each exam usually needs at least 2 X-rays. You may 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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