X-ray is a non-invasive medical test that produces images by exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation. It is mostly used to assess broken bones, dislocated joints, infection or cancer. X-Ray may also be used to assess lung or abdominal diseases such as kidney and gall stones.
What to Expect During X-Ray Examination
There is no special preparation required prior to conducting an x-ray exam. You may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects prior to the exam. Though the risk of radiation exposure is low, it is advisable to always inform your doctor or the technologist, if you suspect or know that you are pregnant.
The x-ray examination usually takes a few minutes. The technologist will position you on the exam table and place a film holder under the table in the area of the body to be imaged. The technologist will give you instructions while conducting the examination. After the x-ray, you can resume normal activities.