A simple x-ray procedure takes no longer than a few minutes. If the limb, arm or head is being examined, that particular area is required to be void of clothing and ornaments. This is followed in order to avoid any anatomic interference while the image is being captured. If the abdomen or chest is being examined, the patient is required to hold his/her breath for a short while during the x-ray. Apart from freezing in on a position for a few minutes while the x-ray is carried out, no other uneasiness is experienced during the procedure.
It must be noted that the procedure followed for an x-ray diagnosis and the subsequent costs involved differ based on the area of the body being examined. It is, therefore, always advisable to be well informed about the procedure by your physician. More often x-ray examinations do not require any follow-up procedures, but, in some cases, multiple x-rays may be required to gain a clear image of the affected area.
For certain X-ray procedures, you may be asked to put on a hospital gown, flexible lead apron or some other type of protective drape so as to shield portions of your body from the unnecessary radiation exposure. You will be asked either to stand on the floor or lie or sit on a table in an X-ray lab, and a technician will position your body in a way that gives the best X-ray view.
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The technician will then position the X-ray machine near your body, so that the X-ray tube (where the rays come out) points at the correct body area. After going behind a protective panel, the technician will press a button to take the X-ray picture. A radiologist will then study your X-ray images. Radiologists are doctors, who are specially trained to carry out examinations and interpret medical images, such as X-rays and CT scans.
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