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- Diagnostic Xray
Diagnostic x-rays are used to examine bony structures, such as the hand, foot or spine. X-rays of the chest, back, foot, hand, or other bony structures and soft tissues.
The target areas of a diagnostic x-ray exam are the chest, abdomen, pelvic regions and bones.
What to expect
You will be asked to undress, except for underwear, socks and shoes, and the technologist will ask you to wear a hospital gown for the procedure. You will also be asked to remove all metal, including jewelry and glasses.
The procedure takes approximately 5-10 minutes. The exam is a painless procedure. You will be asked to lie on the x-ray table or may need to stand up to complete the x-ray exam. The technologist will ask you to hold your breath very briefly while the actual x-ray is being taken.
This examination requires a physician’s order, but does not need to be scheduled ahead of time.
The preliminary report is forwarded to your physician. The full detailed report will be available to your physician within two days of your procedure unless otherwise specified by your technologist. Results of your exam can only be released to the patient by his/her physician.
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