Why have an X-ray?

X-rays are often the initial type of imaging that is done for patients. Depending on the findings of an X-ray, your doctor will decide that additional imaging is necessary (CT, MRI etc.).

X-rays are often used to evaluate for fractures, constipation, the lungs and heart before surgery, or for a cough and pneumonia.

What to expect

X-rays generally take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of images that they have to take. You may have to change into a gown.

In general, undergoing an X-ray is quick and easy.

How to get your results

After the study is complete and read by the radiologist, the report automatically goes into your medical record.

It is usually included in your chart within a few days.

Your doctor may want to schedule a follow up visit to review your findings even if it is normal.