What is an X-Ray?

An X-ray is an image of your bones and internal organs. X-rays are most often used to detect bone or joint problems or to check the heart and lungs or abdomen.

X-rays work by sending small amounts of radiation through the body. X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging.


What happens during the test?

Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to stand, sit, or lie down on the scanning table, depending on the part of the body to be scanned. A lead apron may be placed on your body to shield you from the X-rays. The technologist will give you breathing instructions if necessary. Your technologist will walk into the next room to activate the machine. The test is painless and takes only a few minutes to perform. In most cases, you are free to return to normal activities following the exam.

How do I prepare for the test?

In most cases, there is no prior preparation for a general X-ray exam. You may be asked to remove any jewelry, buckles, or items with metal enclosures, which may hamper a clear reading. You may also be asked to wear a gown. Ensure that you tell the technologist if you are pregnant or suspect that you might be pregnant or have any metal in the area of your body that is to be scanned. Inform your technologist if you have any old images so they may be used for comparison.

When can I expect the results?

A radiologist will review the images and send a report to your referring physician within one business day. Your doctor will review the report and contact you with the results.



* The safety of our patients and those who accompany them to our office is of the utmost importance to the physicians and staff at Iowa Radiology. Please make arrangements for someone to care for your child/children during your exam. Thank you for your cooperation.

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