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WHAT TO EXPECT
FOR AN
X-RAY EXAM

Before an X-ray Exam     

  • Depending on the type of X-ray required, your doctor or nurse may provide you with specific instructions.

  • You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam, depending on which area is being X-rayed.

  • You will be asked to remove  jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects because they can show up on an X-ray.

  • Female patients should inform the X-ray staff if they are pregnant or suspect that they may be pregnant.

During an X-ray Exam  

  • The X-ray machine produces a safe level of radiation that passes through your body and records an image on a specialized plate. 

  • A radiographer positions your body to obtain the necessary views. He or she may use pillows to help you hold the position.

  • During the X-ray exposure, you remain still and sometimes hold your breath to avoid moving so that the image is not blur.

  • The X-ray procedure may take between 5 – 10 minutes for a simple X-ray or longer for examinations involving multiple regions.

     

After an X-ray Exam     

  • After an X-ray scan, generally you can resume normal activities. 

  • Your X-ray scan needs to be studied by a radiologist. A full report will be sent to the doctor who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you. 

  • It usually takes 1 day for the results of an X-ray scan to come through unless they're needed urgently.