A chest X-ray is one of the simplest tests to be performed. It is not only painless but also non invasive. Your doctor will recommend chest X-ray to get detailed images of internal structures such as lungs, heart and blood vessels.
A chest X-ray assists in the diagnosis of conditions like pneumonia, chronic cough, chest pain,
shortness of breath, etc.
Preparation for Chest X Ray
You may follow the below mentioned points in order to prepare for Chest X ray.
• Wear loose clothes like T-Shirt that can be easily taken off as you will be asked to undress from the waist up and wear a gown.
• Avoid wearing metallic objects such as jewellery, eye glasses, belts, etc; while going for the chest X-ray. It is required so that there is no interference between metals and X-ray Image.
• Inform the X-ray technician about any body piercings done by you on your chest.
• Inform the doctor if you are pregnant as X ray test are usually avoided during pregnancy.
Chest X Ray Procedure
A Chest X ray procedure is performed by an X-ray technician and total time duration of the test is usually 15 minutes.
• You will be taken to the X-ray room, and asked to undress from the waist up and wear gown.
• You may be asked to stand, sit, or lie for the chest x ray as directed by your doctor. You need not worry as the technician will assist in maintaining correct position.
• You will be covered with heavy lead apron for protecting your other body parts from radiation.
• The X-ray technician will operate the X-ray machine and takes two view of the chest including back view and side view.
• Back view: You need to sit or stand for resting your chest against the image plate. The x-ray tube is placed behind you.
• Side view: You need to stand side ways and keep your arms above your head.
• In case, you will be asked to lie down, you will need to lie down on table with X-ray tube located over the table.
• During the procedure of taking X-rays images; you are required to remain still and hold your breath for a few seconds.
• After the images are taken, they are checked by X-ray technician for their quality. The procedure is repeated if the quality of images is not good enough.
· After the procedure
• You may go home after the test and resume your normal activities. A radiologist will analyze the X-rays and prepare a report.
• You may obtain your reports and show them to your doctor. Your doctor will observe the X-rays images and discuss the results with you.
Risks of Chest X Ray
Although the amount of radiation in Chest X-ray test is very small, it carries few risks.
During the procedure, patient is provided with a lead apron for protecting certain body parts from the harmful effects of radiation.