Routine X-ray procedures are used to study many areas of the body such as internal tissues, bones and organs. External X-ray beams are used to make images of the inside the body which help your doctor to diagnose or rule out certain conditions.

X-ray may at times be used in conjunction with a contrast medium. This can be administered via injection, by drinking it, or via enema. This medium allows the radiologist to better see the area. Occasionally, contrast medium can cause mild side effects such as nausea or itching. Rare, more severe reactions have occurred.

Most X-rays are very quick. A technologist will position you so as to get the best picture before taking the X-ray. You will not feel it, and normal activities can be resumed after the procedure. You will be asked to remove clothing from the area that is being X-rayed if it contains snaps, metal buttons or other devices that would impede the outcome of the picture. Gowns are provided.

Because it is important that you remain still during the process of an X-ray, parents may be allowed to stay with a child who is being X-rayed. You will be asked to wear a lead apron in order to protect yourself from unnecessary exposure.

Many people worry about the effects of radiation. Due to modern advances in technology, the amount of radiation that you are exposed to is extremely small.

We only opt to use X-ray when the benefit outweighs the risk. We are also happy to use imaging that was already taken as long as only a short period of time has passed and it applies to the current need. Other procedures benefit by having comparative images. We may ask that you bring previous X-rays if available.

It is important to tell your doctor and the radiologist if you are or may be pregnant. Alternative imaging procedures may be available.

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No preparation is required for this procedure