Imaging

X-ray

What is X-ray radiography?

X-ray radiography is a safe, painless diagnostic test that uses X-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic energy, just like visible light. A machine sends individual X-rays through the body, and a computer records the images that are created.

What can I expect?

We'll do everything we can to make you comfortable during your test. The body part being examined is positioned on a surface with an X-ray cassette underneath or behind it. Then the X-ray beam is focused on the area of interest, using a beam of visible light. A body part is always imaged from at least two different angles, since each image is only two-dimensional.

FAQs

How will it feel?

There is no sensation from the X-ray. It's important that you hold as still as possible during the scan, usually about 1 second, because movement can blur the image. You may be asked to hold your breath very briefly.

How should I prepare?

 
  • Be sure to tell the health care provider if you are or might be pregnant.
  • You will be asked to remove jewelry and wear a hospital gown.

 

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