X-ray Exams

Preparing for Your X-ray Exam

Before

During

After

Results

Wear comfortable clothing, preferably clothes with no zipper or buttons, such as a sweat suit. You will also need to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and anything else with metal, especially if it's near the area being x-rayed. Gowns are available if needed.

What should I expect BEFORE my x-ray exam?

Medications

For certain types of procedures, it is important for you to bring a list of your current medications with you, so we will know what you may have taken prior to your exam.

Food and Drink

For most X-ray exams there are no restrictions on what you may eat or drink. For the exceptions, instructions will be given at the time your appointment is scheduled.

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What should I expect DURING my x-ray exam?

The technologist will explain the procedure. You may be given a heavy apron to protect other parts of your body from exposure. You will be guided by the technologist into the position that gives a clear view of the body part being examined.

The technologist will go behind a protective screen or wall to take the image. You will be asked to stay still and sometimes to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken.

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What should I expect AFTER my x-ray exam?

You will not have any restrictions upon completion of most x-ray exams and may resume your normal activities. If you do have an x-ray that has restrictions, you will be given specific instructions before you leave the department.

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Exam Results

All x-ray exams are read by the Wake Forest University Health Science Radiologists trained in x-ray imaging and dedicated to your specific body part scanned. They will read your exam within 24 hours, and the results will be sent to the doctor that ordered your exam. Your doctor will then discuss the results with you and what they mean in relation to your health.

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