How does X-Ray Work?

X-Rays are radiation waves that pass through your body to capture images of your bones, tissues, and organs, which your doctor can review on X-Ray film.

Why do I need to have an X-ray?

Your bones (as well as some tissues and organs) don’t allow the X-ray waves to pass through them, and this creates images which are captured on X-ray film. X-Ray is helpful for visualizing bones and is
used to identify breaks (fractures), alignment problems and other issues.

How is this test performed?

The X-Ray technician positions the body part for examination and asks you to remain still. They will typically take several different images from different angles, and the entire process takes only a few minutes.



Do I need to do anything to prepare for this test?

In most cases, there is very little you need to do to prepare for your test. Depending on the type of test you are having, the technician may ask you to change into a hospital gown and remove any jewelry or other accessories that might interfere with the imaging quality.

When will I receive my results?

Once the test is completed, your physician will review the results. If your appointment is the same day as your test, your physician may review them with you at that time. Otherwise, most test results are reviewed with you at your next scheduled appointment.

What are the risks?

X-Ray subjects the body to ionizing radiation. Large doses of radiation can cause cell mutations that may lead to cancer. However, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during an X-Ray is so small that the risk of any damage to cells in your body is extremely low. Please notify the technician if you are pregnant. To minimize fetal exposure to radiation, your doctor may recommend a different imaging study.