If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, please be sure to let your technician know PRIOR to undergoing any radiology procedure.
What is an X-ray?
An x-ray is produced when energy is given off following an interaction between high-speed electrons and atoms of the receiving target anode. X-rays are only produced at the time of exposure and are not constantly occurring in the environment.
The technologist will position you using a light source and a series of landmarks obtained by pressing various body parts to find reference points.
You will have to hold your breath for a few seconds for x-rays of the chest and abdomen area but this is not necessary for x-rays of the arms, legs and head.
Although you may be required to hold awkward positions for a short period of time, there is no discomfort from the x-ray exposure.
How Do I Prepare for an X-ray?
Plain x-rays of the chest, abdomen, arms, legs and spine require no preparation and generally take only a few minutes to complete.
However, street clothes and jewelry must be removed from the area of interest as they can interfere and cover the anatomy.