A general X-ray (radiograph) is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with X-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionising radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Source: RadiologyInfo
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How should I prepare for the examination?
A general X-ray examination requires no special preparation.
You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewellery, removable dental appliances, eyeglasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the X-ray images.
Women should always inform their physician and X-ray radiographer if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy to not expose the fetus to radiation. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimise radiation exposure to the baby.