X-ray exams are safe, quick and pain-free. When you arrive, you’ll first change into a medical gown free of zippers and metallic snaps, and your technologist will escort you into an exam room.
Depending upon the body part being imaged, you will then sit, stand or lie on a table near the X-ray device. Your technologist will position the device to take the most accurate images possible, most likely from several angles. Regardless of the number of images, however, you won’t feel a thing.
Once your initial images are taken, your technologist will quickly review them to determine whether any re-shoots or different positions are required. Once they’ve obtained the images necessary for an accurate, high-quality study, you’ll be free to leave.
X-ray exams range from 5 to 25 minutes, depending upon the body part and number of images required. A radiologist will interpret the images as soon as they’re ready, and their report will be sent to your physician within 24 hours typically.*
Very little preparation is required for an x-ray exam. You may choose to avoid clothing with zippers and snaps, but if your clothes have any metal, you’ll be able to change into a medical gown before your exam. If your exam requires the use of a contrast dye, we will provide additional instructions several days prior to your appointment.
If you are pregnant, or if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, it is important to tell your physician and technologist before your exam.