Chest X-Ray

What is an X-ray?
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the Body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Why should I do it?
The chest x-ray is performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall
A chest x-ray is typically the first imaging test used to help diagnose symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • A bad or persistent cough.
  • Chest pain or injury.
  • Fever.

Physicians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:

  • Pneumonia.
  • Heart failure and other heart problems.
  • Emphysema.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Line and tube placement.

Other medical conditions

Any preparations needed?

  • Most x-ray examinations require no special preparation
  • You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
  • You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
  • Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant