What is an X-ray?
An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. For some types of X-ray tests, a contrast medium — such as iodine or barium — is introduced into your body to provide greater detail on the X-ray images.
How do I prepare for my X-ray?
You will need to remove jewelry or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray picture. No other preparation is needed. In some cases ingest barium, a liquid contrast to provide greater details in the image.
What can I expect during my X-ray?
A registered technologist will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you might have. You will be taken to the examination room, where you will be positioned for the x-ray – either standing, sitting, or lying down on an x-ray table, depending on which part of your body is to be examined. After your x-rays have been taken, they will be processed and reviewed.
What will happen after my X-ray?
Your examination will be reviewed by the radiologist after the exam has been completed. Your results will be sent to your doctor 24-48 hours unless a shorter time is requested when you make the appointment. As a courtesy we also provide you with a copy of the images on a CD.