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An X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. X-rays are most often used to detect bone or joint problems or to check the heart and lungs.

  • Preparing for an X-ray

    No preparation is needed for a routine X-ray. You may be asked to remove your jewelry and other metallic objects prior to the exam. You should wear comfortable clothing.

  • Arriving for Your Appointment

    You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to check in and complete paperwork.

  • What Happens During the X-ray?

    You may be asked to lie on a table, sit or stand. A lead apron may be draped over part of your body. For an X-ray of the chest, you may be asked to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.

    At least two X-ray images will be taken during the exam. You may have to move your body before each new X-ray is taken. The exam usually takes 15 to 45 minutes.

  • What Happens After the X-ray?

    You can usually return immediately to your normal activities and diet.