X-ray:
What is it?

X-ray:
How is it Used?


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X-ray Overview

Definition

X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.

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Results

The x-ray will be sent to a radiologist. A report will be sent to you and/or your doctor.

What to Expect

#Prior to Test

Before your x-ray is taken, you may be asked to remove jewelry and put on a hospital gown.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant.

#Description of Test

A lead shield may be placed on parts of your body not being x-rayed. This will help to reduce your exposure to radiation. You will be placed against a device that holds the x-ray film, or you may be asked to hold a cassette against your body.

The x-ray device will be placed over the part of your body being studied. You will be asked to remain as still as possible while the images are captured.

#After Test

Once the x-ray is complete, you will be able to resume your daily activities.

#How Long Will It Take?

A few minutes

#Will It Hurt?

No

References

#RESOURCES:

American College of Radiology
http://www.radiologyinfo.org

Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Food and Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh

#CANADIAN RESOURCES:

Canadian Association of Radiologists
http://www.car.ca

Canadian Institute for Health Information
http://www.cihi.ca

References:

Grainger RG, et al. Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2008.

Safety: radiation exposure in x-ray examinations. Radiological Society of North America website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_xray&bhcp=1 . Accessed April 19, 2007.

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