A chest x-ray is an x-ray of the chest, lungs, heart, large arteries, ribs, and diaphragm.
Chest radiography; Serial chest x-ray; X-ray - chest
You stand in front of the x-ray machine. You will be told to hold your breath when the x-ray is taken.
Two images are usually taken. You will need to stand against the machine, and then sideways.
Tell the health care provider if you are pregnant. Chest x-rays are generally not done during the first 6 months of pregnancy.
There is no discomfort. The film plate may feel cold.
Your doctor may order a chest x-ray if you have any of the following symptoms:
It may also be done if you have signs of tuberculosis , lung cancer , or other chest or lung disease .
A serial chest x-ray is one that is repeated. It may be done to look at or monitor changes found on a previous chest x-ray.
Abnormal results may be due to many things, including:
In the lungs:
In the heart:
In the bones:
Abnormal results may also be due to:
There is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is very low compared with the benefits. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays.
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