Last updated on June 19th, 2020.
If you need a radiology screening in the future, you’ll be pleased to know that routine x-rays generally don’t require any special type of preparation. However, there are a couple of types of studies which are more complex and which may require a bit more preparation. If it’s a basic x-ray procedure, you will probably be asked to avoid wearing jewelry or having anything metal on your person. Metal does interfere with x-ray pictures. As well, you may be asked to skip the body creams, powders and deodorants on your appointment day.
Also, you should let your doctor know if you’re expecting a baby. Radiation may trigger birth defects, so it’s important to share this information.
It’s also important to let your physician know if you’ve reacted badly to contrast material previously
What Happens During the Exams
There are a lot of different types of radiology screening examinations. The process that happens during the exam will vary based on the examination type. When you arrive for your appointment (you may be instructed to come early, such as an hour or half an hour early), you might be told to put on a smock or gown. After you do, you’ll be introduced to your x-ray technician. This person has special training and he or she will be able to assist you throughout your exam.
There are a few different medical professionals that work in this field. One is a radiologist and he or she is a physician who is trained to image the bodies of patients. There are also radiologic technologists and they get x-ray images and operate x-ray/radiology equipment. As well, there are radiologist nurses who monitor vital signs, give medicine and offer other types of health care to patients during their procedures.
After you meet your radiology expert, you’ll be taken to an x-ray room. You’ll be asked to lie down on a table, or stand, or sit. You’ll be placed close to an x-ray machine. It’s possible that a lead apron or other type of shield will be placed over your body in order to keep your organs safe from radiation. Once the x-ray machine starts working, it will take a host of x-rays. At some point during the procedure, you may be asked to change your position. Try to remain still once you’re in position.
What Happens After The Procedure?
After the procedure, you may get dressed in your street clothes (if you are wearing a gown or smock). If there is important information about your x-ray results, it may be shared with you then or later on. As you can see, there’s nothing to be afraid of. You should be provided with full instructions on how to prepare for your radiology screening before it happens.