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Adult X-Ray

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about an x-ray?

An x-ray may be needed to show problems that are hard to find during a physical exam. Examples include broken bones, tumors, foreign objects, and dental problems.

How do I prepare for an x-ray?

What will happen during an x-ray?

You will be placed on a table and positioned depending on which body area needs an x-ray. The rest of your body will be covered to protect you from the x-ray beam.

What should I expect after an x-ray?

Your provider will tell you how to get the results of your x-ray. You may need to schedule a follow-up appointment to get the results.

What are the risks of an x-ray?

Some problems may not be found on an x-ray. You may need another x-ray or other tests if your symptoms continue or the results are not clear. An x-ray machine uses a low amount of radiation that can harm body cells. Radiation can also harm an unborn baby.

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