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General radiology (X-ray)

An X-ray (radiograph) is an exam that helps physicians diagnose and treat conditions. X-rays are made by using external radiation to produce images of the body. X-rays pass through body structures onto specially treated plates (similar to camera film).

General X-rays, such as chest, skull, and extremities are performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No special preparation is required for most X-rays. Patients may be required to remove clothing, depending on the type of material or the design. The technologist will provide a loose-fitting hospital gown to wear and patients may be asked to remove necklaces or other jewelry. A pregnancy questionnaire may be needed for female patients 10 years of age and older.

Taking an X-ray is just like taking a picture. Patients do not feel anything but may hear the X-ray camera make a noise. X-ray suites are dimly lit and patients must remain still for the exam.

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