Diagnostic X-rays


Diagnostic X-rays

An x-ray 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.

Prepare for a Diagnostic X-Ray


An x-ray 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.

Patient Safety Tips Prior to a diagnostic exam in Radiology


If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
Please leave your valuables at home or in your room in the hospital.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
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Diagnostic X-rays

Preparation for the exam


There are no special preparations for a diagnostic X-Ray exam.
The technologist will verify your identification and exam requested.

During the exam


The duration of the exam will vary, but the average is about 15 minutes.
The technologist will position you on the exam table, and give you instructions.
You will have the opportunity to ask the technologists questions.

After the exam


If you are going home, you may resume normal activities.