X-ray, or radiography, is a diagnostic test performed to detect abnormalities, fractures, or tumors in the joints, bones, and other body parts. The test is performed in the radiology department of a hospital, or by an X-ray technician in a doctor’s office. No discomfort is associated with the exam, aside from possible positioning of the body.
The health care should know if the patient is pregnant, has an IUD inserted, or has had a barium contrast media X-ray in the past four days. Also, if the patient has taken any medication containing bismuth, such as Pepto Bismol, the doctor should know.
The patient removes all jewelry and wears a hospital gown for the exam. The X-ray machine is positioned over the area to be examined. The patient should hold her breath as the picture is being taken so the picture will not be blurry.
The patient is exposed to a low level of radiation. X-rays are regulated to emit the minimum amount of radiation possible to produce the image. Most doctors feel that the benefits of an X-ray exam outweigh the risks.
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Last updated: 01-Jan-00