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What happens before a chest x-ray?

A chest x-ray is a type of diagnostic radiology procedure used to examine the chest and the organs and structures located in the chest. Before the procedure:
  • The physician will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
  • Generally, no prior preparation, such as fasting or sedation, is required.
  • Notify the radiologic technologist if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant.
  • Dress in clothes that permit access to the area to be tested or that are easily removed.
  • Notify the radiologic technologist if you have any body piercing on your chest.
  • Based upon your medical condition, your physician may request other specific preparation.

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