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chest X-ray
chest X-ray

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.
    • Fever.
  • Physicians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
    • Pneumonia.
    • Heart failure and other heart problems.
    • Emphysema.
    • 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.
Conventional X-ray
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