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Chest X-Ray


What is the doctor looking for?

It allows physicians to look at your heart, lungs, and other chest organs. A chest x-ray may be recommended if you are experiencing chest pain, difficulty breathing, or a persistent cough.

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What is the test?

A chest x-ray is a radiologic image of the inside of your chest. Depending on the clothing your are wearing you may need to put on a hospital gown. After removing all jewelry, you will be asked to stand in front of an x-ray machine and stay still. An x-ray technologist then takes two pictures: a view from the back through to your front, and a view from one side through to the other. Once you are in the x-ray room, the chest x-ray takes only a few minutes.

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Where are the tests done?


A chest x-ray is performed in a hospital radiology department, at the bedside of the patient, or by going to the doctor, if his or her office has an x-ray machine.

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May I eat or drink?

Yes.

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What about medications?

You may take your medications as prescribed by your physician.

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Will I have an IV?

No. A carotid scan is non-invasive and painless.

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Do I need special clothing?

No. You may be asked to put on a hospital gown. All jewelry must be removed.

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What should I bring to the test?

Nothing.

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How long does the test take?

Approximately 20 minutes.

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When will the results be ready?

Results are generally available to your physician within 24-48 hours.

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Tell your doctor/nurse if you have …
 

Any symptoms you are experiencing.

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Will the test make me sick or sleepy?

No. A chest x-ray is completely painless, although the film plate on the machine may feel cold when you stand up against it. After the x-ray is complete, you will be released and able to resume normal activities.

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Will I receive any radiation during the procedure?

Yes.

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What if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?

There are no risks if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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