X-rays are the most commonly used diagnostic medical imaging tool available. An x-ray is a non-invasive exam that creates an image when a small amount of radiation passes through the body.
X-rays are performed for various areas of the body, including chest, bones, joints, upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, and kidneys.
You may be asked to change into a gown, for the exam. An x-ray does use a small amount of radiation, therefore, you will be lead into the x-ray room by the technologist, but any family or guests will be asked to be seated in the waiting room. The technologist will ask you to be in specific positions, and stay still, while they take each image.
How Do I Prepare?
No preparation is needed for an x-ray, and these exams are done on a walk-in basis.