Bone & Chest X-Rays

  • Preparing for a Bone or Chest X-Ray

    • You must remove all jewelry for the x-ray.
    • Women should always inform their physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
  • What to Expect During the Exam

    • For a bone x-ray, a technologist will position the bone to be x-rayed on the examination table. Pictures are then taken, and the bone is repositioned for different views. The x-rays are painless, though changing position for different views of the bone may be uncomfortable.
    • For a chest x-ray, you stand in front of the x-ray machine. You will be asked to hold your breath when the x-ray is taken. Two images are usually taken. You will need to stand against the machine, and then sideways. 
  • After the Exam

    • Because the procedure involves non-invasive x-rays, there are no special post-procedure requirements for patients.
  • About Bone or Chest X-Ray Radiology

    Bone and chest x-rays are two of the most common uses of x-rays.

    X-rays are a type of radiation, called electromagnetic waves, that can be used to create pictures of the inside of your body. Because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation, the images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white. Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most, making them appear white. Fat and other soft tissues absorb less x-rays, so they appear gray. Air absorbs the least x-rays, which makes your lungs appear black.

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