An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays 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.
A chest x-ray is used to:
- The chest x-ray is performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall.
A chest x-ray is typically the first imaging test used to help diagnose symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath.
- A bad or persistent cough.
- Chest pain or injury.
Physicians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
- Heart failure and other heart problems.
- Lung cancer.
- Line and tube placement.
- Other medical conditions
Any preparations needed?
- Most x-ray examinations require no special preparation
- You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
- You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
- Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.