|Typical Length of Exam:
Approximately 5-25 minutes depending on the exam type.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
You may need to remove your glasses, watch, rings or other metal that may be in the way of the part being X-rayed.
Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.
Examination gowns are provided as necessary.
|Medication and Dietary Requirements:
No special preparations are necessary.
Be sure to tell your doctor or the technologist before the procedure if you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant. This test is not usually performed during pregnancy.
X-ray is a common imaging test that has been used for decades to help doctors view the inside of the body. X-rays use small amounts of radiation. The level of exposure is considered safe for adults; however, it is not generally considered safe for a developing fetus. Be sure to tell your doctor or the X-ray technologist before the procedure if you are pregnant or believe you could be pregnant.
What is X-ray imaging used for?
X-ray imaging is useful for looking at bones for fractures or joint problems including arthritis, as well as for assessing some tumours or infections. It is used to look at problems affecting the neck, lungs or heart. X-rays are also good for looking at digestive problems or items that have been swallowed.
What to expect:
The technologist will most likely require you to lie, sit, or stand in several positions during the test. Some images may be taken while you stand in front of a specialized plate that contains X-ray sensors. You will have to hold your breath and remain still while the images are being taken. This provides the clearest images possible. The technologist will position your body in such a way as to get the best picture of the part your doctor wants to see. You can help by following the instructions you are given. The technologist will then go into the small room with the controls, located adjacent to the X-ray room. They will push a button to take the picture and you will probably hear a clicking noise and a beep. This process is repeated until the technologist has acquired all the images needed. A radiologist will review the images and send a report to the referring physician.