How to Prepare for an X-Ray

flushing radiologyX-Rays are handy diagnostic tools when it comes to finding bone breaks and fractures, swallowed foreign bodies, kidney stones, and more. When your doctor orders an X-ray, you should make sure you are prepared for your scan.

What to Wear

Depending on which part of the body is being X-rayed, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. Otherwise, you will simply undress the area being scanned. Wear loose clothing that is easy to roll up or remove. You should also avoid wearing jewelry, as it can show up on an X-ray. If you wear glasses, be sure to bring your case, as you may be asked to remove them depending on your scan.

If You Need Contrast Medium

For some X-ray tests, you may be given something called contrast medium, which is usually barium or iodine. This contrast medium can be swallowed, injected, or given as an enema. Depending on how you are receiving the contrast medium, you may be asked to fast.

Follow Doctor’s Orders

As with any medical test, your doctor will provide you with specific instructions for both before and after your X-ray. It is crucial that you follow them to the letter to avoid negatively affecting the results of your scan.

When you need an X-ray, schedule an appointment at our Flushing radiology center. We offer digital X-ray services with an extremely low dose of radiation for your safety and comfort.