An X-ray is a diagnostic test that allows doctors to see the more dense structures inside of your body. They are most frequently used to see bones, but can also be used to see the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. X-rays use radiation, so they are generally not performed on women who are expecting.
Preparing For Your Exam
There is little preparation required for an X-ray. Please follow our general preparation instructions. Depending on the part of your body being examined, you may be asked to change into a gown once you arrive.
During the Test
Your technologist will position you to obtain the necessary images captured by a medical imaging device. You may be asked to change positions or hold your breath depending on the procedure being performed.
After the Test
Once the procedure is complete, a radiologist will review the images and produce a report to aid in diagnosis and treatment. In many cases, results are available to your physician the same day as the performed examination.