X-rays are a form of radiant energy, like light or radio waves. Unlike light, x-rays can penetrate the body, which allows pictures to be taken of internal structures. Typically, x-rays are taken to look for the presence of broken or cracked bones. X-rays can also be used to look for some tumors, foreign bodies, fluid and other abnormalities. X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an important role in helping your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
If you are pregnant, please discuss with your physician prior to scheduling an X-ray. Please also notify the schedulers when making your appointment, as well as the technician at the imaging center.
- What to expect during test
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Will it hurt
- Is this test dangerous
- How long will it take?
- When will I know the results?
- What should I wear?
- Are there any restrictions after the test?
If you are pregnant or think you might be, please inform the technologist. There is no prep for x-rays.
If you have had x-rays of the same part of your body performed at another facility, it is helpful for the radiologist if you are able to bring them with you to be used for comparison.
You may be asked to remove any metal objects that may interfere with the x-ray images; therefore, you may be asked to remove your jewelry or part of your clothing and replace it with a gown. X-rays are taken either standing upright or lying on an imaging table. You may be asked to move into different positions to help the technologist take the correct image to assist with your diagnosis. You may be asked to hold your breath briefly while the x-ray is being taken.
No, X-Ray is a painless test.
No. The amount of x-rays you will be exposed to is very small.
Typically, no more than 20 minutes. It may take a little longer if you are scheduled for multiple x-rays.
Your physician should get the results in 2-3 working days.
Wear comfortable clothes with no metal snaps or zippers. Sweat suits are preferred.
No, you may resume your normal activities, and takeyour medications as prescribed by your physician.