An x-ray is the oldest, most common method of medical imaging in use today. X-rays use high energy electromagnetic radiation to create an image of the inside of the body. They are most often utilized to view the body’s various bone structures, and may also be used for arterial imaging.
X-rays are safe, painless, and noninvasive, and use a harmless, low dose of radiation. Depending on the area that needs to be X-rayed, patients may either stand or lie down for the test. X-rays are generally taking only a few minutes. There are no side or after-effects, and no restrictions following an x-ray.
PREPARING FOR YOUR PROCEDURE
There are no special preparations required before this procedure. Prior to the x-ray, you’ll have to remove jewelry, eyeglasses or any other metal objects that may obscure the image. You may also be asked to change into a medical gown. Notify your doctor and x-ray technician if you are pregnant prior to receiving an x-ray.