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).
Before Your X-ray
- Be sure to tell your healthcare provider:
- If you have had an X-ray in this part of your body before.
- If you have metal in the part of your body being imaged.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
- When you arrive, you will be led to a changing room and may be given a gown to wear for your exam. You will be given a locker to store your clothes, and anything else you may have with you during your exam.
- You may be asked to remove your watch, jewelry or garments with metal closures from your body being imaged. These items can block part of the image.
During Your X-ray
- The technologist will help position you onto the scanner table. Your position and how much of your body will be inside the x-ray scanner will depend upon the body part being scanned.
- 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 belly, you will have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
The technologist will go out of the room to run the scanner from a computer located directly next to the scanner suite, visible through the viewing window.
After Your X-ray
- After the exam, your images will be sent electronically to a radiologist who will review the information and send a report to your referring provider, typically within one to two business days. You should follow up with your referring provider to discuss your results.
Need an X-ray Fast?
Community Imaging Center locations offer walk-in X-ray services.