Why a Chest X-Ray May be Ordered
- Posted on: Jun 15 2018
The x-ray is one of the most common imaging methods performed in hospitals and imaging centers like ours. It is widely understood that this type of radiology enables doctors to observe hard tissue like bones. Additionally, there is value in x-ray imaging for the chest cavity. Here, we discuss a few of the reasons why a chest x-ray may be ordered.
- Allergic reactions to environmental factors and other triggers may affect the lungs, leading to congestion and difficulty breathing. A chest x-ray can confirm that allergies are the underlying cause of symptoms while also ruling out other potential lung problems.
- Persistent cough. Coughing indicates that the nerves in the airway have become irritated and inflamed. If a cough lasts more than a few weeks, a doctor may order a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia or other conditions related to the chronic cough.
- Symptoms such as shortness of breath and difficulty breathing may be connected to asthma. A chest x-ray can aid in the diagnosis of this condition by providing detailed observation of the lungs and surrounding structures.
What to Expect During a Chest X-Ray
Chest x-rays are comfortable, non-invasive screenings that don’t take long to complete. Still, we understand the uneasiness that many patients may feel when they need this test. If you need a chest x-ray you can expect the following steps:
- You will stand directly in front of the x-ray machine. Alternatively, we may have you lie on a table in which an x-ray plate is situated.
- A heavy lead apron or blanket may be placed on surrounding areas of the body, such as your abdomen.
- You will be asked to take a breath and hold it.
- We will take an x-ray image of your chest.
- You will turn sideways in front of the machine and raise your arms over your head.
- A second x-ray will be taken.
It’s that simple! Before you leave the facility, we will assess images to ensure they are clear and suitable for interpretation. If necessary, we will repeat the above process.
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