Prepare for a Diagnostic X-Ray

An x-ray involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Patient Safety Tips Prior to a diagnostic exam in Radiology

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home or in your room in the hospital.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment
  • Please let us now if you need a translator.

Preparation for the exam

  • There are no special preparations for a diagnostic X-Ray exam.
  • The technologist will verify your identification and exam requested.

During the exam

  • The duration of the exam will vary, but the average is about 15 minutes.
  • The technologist will position you on the exam table, and give you instructions.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask the technologists questions.

After the exam

  • If you are going home, you may resume normal activities.