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X-ray

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Wrist X-ray

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 (chest X-ray).

Let the technologist know

 Tell the technologist if you:

  • Are or may be pregnant

  • Have had an X-ray of this part of your body before

  • Have metal in the part of your body being imaged

Patient keeping his hand still during X-ray.
For best results, remain as still as you can during your X-ray exam.

Before Your Test

  • You may be asked to remove your watch, jewelry, or garments with metal closures from the part of your body being imaged. These items can block part of the image.

  • You may be asked to put on a gown.

  • You may be asked about your overall health or any medications you take.

During Your Test

  • You will be asked to lie on a table, sit, or stand.

  • A lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield it from the X-rays.

  • With an X-ray of your chest or abdomen, you will have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.

  • Each exam usually requires at least 2 X-rays. You will need to move your body before each new X-ray.

After Your Test

Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.

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Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 12/29/2013
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