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X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body.
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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.
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?
The x-ray will be sent to a radiologist. A report will be sent to you and/or your doctor.
American College of Radiology
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Food and Drug Administration
Canadian Association of Radiologists
Canadian Institute for Health Information
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:
. Accessed April 19, 2007.