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What to Expect

Making safety a top priority

X-rays use radiation to produce images. Healthcare providers around the world have found that the benefits of X-rays and other diagnostic imaging exams outweigh the small risk of radiation exposure. Lancaster General Health is committed to maximizing quality while working hard to minimize the risk for our patients of all ages.

>> Learn more about radiation safety at LG Health

>> Learn more about our Image Gently program for pediatric imaging

What to expect

You will need to remove any clothing or jewelry that might interfere with the X-ray, and will be given a gown to wear. Depending on the test, you may be seated, standing or lying on a table. The technologist will position the body part to be examined between the X-ray machine and the imaging plate. The technologist may use a lead shield to cover body parts that are not being X-rayed to avoid additional radiation exposure. When the technologist takes the picture, you must remain very still, and you may be asked to hold your breath for short periods. The technologist may take several images, sometimes from different angles.

How to prepare

Most X-rays don’t require any special preparation. If you are getting a chest X-ray, wear a two-piece outfit so you can remove your top. Be sure to tell your doctor and the technologist if you could be pregnant or if you have ever had a reaction to contrast material.

Getting your results

The technologist is not permitted to discuss test results with you. A radiologist will interpret the study and forward results to your doctor, usually on the day of the test. You can also view your results at MyLGHealth, a safe, secure online tool.

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