X-Ray Information

X-Ray Information
July 14 09:43 2017 Print This Article

What is an X-Ray?

An X-ray is an imaging test used to diagnose, monitor and treat several medical conditions. A high-quality digital X-ray is essential for a clear image. X-rays have been used for many years, and they are the most common imaging tests available.

X-rays test for various medical conditions. A doctor may schedule a X-ray to see if you have bone cancer or a broken bone, for example.

There are risks that come with X-rays, but your doctor thinks that the benefits outweigh the risks if they’ve scheduled an X-ray.

Why are X-rays performed?

Your doctor may order a X-ray to examine an area where you are experiencing discomfort or pain, monitor an area or to see if treatment is working for you.

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X-rays are performed for these medical conditions:

  • Bone cancer
  • Broken Bones
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive Issues
  • Tumors
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tooth Decay
  • Blocked Blood Vessels
  • Lung Issues
  • Foreign Objects


Usually, you will not have to do much preparation for a X-ray. Before you get a X-ray, you may want to wear loose and comfortable clothing. It will make it easier for you to move around for the person taking your X-ray since you may have to move so that they can get a high-quality digital X-ray. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown for the X-ray. You will be required to remove jewelry and other metal items before the test can be taken.

If you have metal implants, you will need to notify your doctor before the test. Metal implants can prevent X-rays from creating a clear image.

Sometimes, you will be asked to take contrast material. Contrast material can be injected into your body or swallowed.

Depending on why the X-ray is taken, you may be asked not to drink or eat for a specified amount of time before the test. Rarely, you may be asked to take medication to clean out your digestive track.

How is the procedure formed?

Once you are ready for the test, a technician will take you in the imaging room. The technician will let you know you how to position your body so that they can get the images they need. You may be required to sit, stand or lie during the test. While they are taking the test, try to be as still as you can. Keeping your body still provides clearer images. Once the technician receives images they are satisfied with, the test will be completed.

X-Ray Side Effects

You may or may not experience side effects during or after your test. If you are pregnant, be sure to notify your doctor beforehand.

Side effects:

  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Lightheaded
  • Hives
  • A metallic taste in your mouth

Rarely, you may experience severe side effects from contrast material. These side effects include extremely low blood pressure, cardiac arrest or anaphylactic shock.

What happens after an X-ray?

After a X-ray, you should be able to put your clothes back on if they made you wear a hospital gown. Once the images are reviewed, your doctor will discuss the results with you.


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