This X-ray creates at least four images of the chest area, including the lungs, heart, ribs and other structures in the chest.
A chest X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to create at least four images of the chest area, including the lungs, heart, ribs and other structures in the chest. The technician will take the X-rays from different angles, including the:
Your healthcare provider may order a chest X-ray to check symptoms such as:
A chest x-ray use to be routinely performed as part of:
However, the US Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend a chest x-ray be routinely done for these purposes.Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken. • In some cases, other imaging studies may be appropriate (such as an ultrasound or MRI).• You will need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image. The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?
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