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.
- 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.