X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging. Chest x-rays are the most commonly performed diagnostic x-ray examination. This x-ray is usually done for the evaluation of the lungs, heart and chest wall.
X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess bones. These x-rays are used to detect:
X-ray imaging is a painless examination. You may be asked to hold an uncomfortable position or hold your breath for a short time to get a clear image of the body part being examined. The medical radiation technologist will assist you in finding a comfortable position that still ensures diagnostic imaging quality. Any movement could blur the image and make it necessary to repeat the procedure to get a diagnostic image.
A radiologist (a physician specifically trained to interpret radiology examinations) will analyze the images and a report with his or her interpretation will be provided to your physician. The doctor who requested the examination will inform you of the results. The technologists are not able to give out test results.