An x-ray, sometimes called a radiography, is a noninvasive and painless exam that uses electromagnetic waves to see an area of interest on your body. X-rays are various shades of black and white. The different shades show how some body tissues absorb more amounts of radiation than others. 

What is an X-ray Used for?

X-rays are can be used to check for broken bones, and diagnose numerous medical other conditions.  Radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, and mammography are all examples of different types of x-rays.

What can I Expect Before an X-ray?

Typically, there is no preparation before an x-ray. However, if you think you are pregnant you should always notify the radiology technologist before getting an x-ray.

Radiation Protection

The amount of radiation from an x-ray is very small. Depending on the area of interest the radiology technologist may place a lead shield over the reproductive organs to reduce radiation exposure. 

If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse, or call the Nationwide Children’s Hospital General Radiology Department at (614) 722-2350.