An X-ray is a the oldest, most common method of medical imaging in use today. X-rays use high energy electromagnetic radiation to create a picture of the inside of the body. They are most often utilized to look at the body’s different bone structures, and may also be used for arterial imaging.
X-rays are safe, painless, and noninvasive, and use a low enough dose of radiation to be rendered harmless. Depending on the area that needs to be x-rayed, patients may either stand or lie down for the test. X-rays are generally a short affair, 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 instructions for preparation of this procedure. Prior to the x-ray, you’ll need to remove jewelry, eyeglasses or any other metal objects that may obscure the image. You may also be asked to change out of clothing into a medical gown. Notify your doctor and x-ray technician if you are pregnant prior to receiving an x-ray.