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.

Example of X-ray

Preparing for an X-ray

No preparation is needed for a routine X-ray. You may be asked to remove your jewelry and other metallic objects prior to the exam. You should wear comfortable clothing.

Arriving for Your Appointment

You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to check in and complete paperwork.

What Happens During the X-ray?

You may be asked to lie on a table, sit or stand. A lead apron may be draped over part of your body. For an X-ray of the chest or abdomen, you may be asked to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.

At least two X-ray images will be taken during the exam. You may have to move your body before each new X-ray is taken. The exam usually takes 15 to 45 minutes.

What Happens After the X-ray?

You can usually return immediately to your normal activities and diet.

Patient Education (PDFs): X-Ray