What to Expect During an X-ray Procedure

When you schedule an X-ray in New Jersey with ImageCare Centers, you will be taken care of throughout the entire process, from scheduling your appointment, to the procedure, as well as follow-up appointments.A photo of a doctor holding an X-ray image of the chest.

Step-by-Step X-ray Procedure

X-ray procedures are noninvasive and brief, ranging from about 15-30 minutes. This highly accurate medical imaging examination can confirm a wide range of issues, such as osteoporosis, bone fractures, and more. Advise your technician if you are pregnant, as you may be recommended for an ultrasound to not interfere with the baby.

  • You will be asked to remove all jewelry or metals on your person
  • You will be positioned on the X-ray table to position the part of your body that needs to be examined.
  • Unexamined body parts will be covered with a lead apron to avoid unnecessary exposure to the X-ray
  • You will remain very still as the X-ray beam takes images

Before your appointment for X-ray imaging, you may be wondering, what does an X-ray detect? By generating images of tissues and structures inside the body, an X-ray scan can detect many different internal conditions, some of which include:

  • Broken bones
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal injuries
  • Tumors
  • Foreign objects

If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or a chest injury, you will be given a chest X-ray. This type of imaging procedure will examine your ribs, lungs, and heart to identify and diagnose any cardiovascular issues, masses, or other abnormalities.

How Should I Prepare for an X-ray?

You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any other metal objects that could show up on the images and overlap important findings. Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

Contact your local ImageCare for more information and to schedule your appointment for X-ray imaging.