An X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to create 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).
Let the technologist know
Tell the technologist if you:
Are or may be pregnant
Have had an X-ray of this part of your body before
Have metal in the part of your body being imaged
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 will have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
Each exam usually needs at least 2 X-rays. You will 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.
Your next appointment is:__________________
March 21, 2017
Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH,Grossman, Neil, MD,Image reviewed by StayWell medical illustration team.