An X-ray is a exam that uses a small amount of radiation to create an image of the structures within the body, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, and bones. The image created looks like a negative from a black and white photograph. Each organ or structure appears differently based on its thickness. These images are used to help the radiologist diagnose or plan treatment for various conditions like pneumonia or a fracture.

Preparing for Your X-Ray

There is no special preparation needed for an X-ray. You may be asked to change into a gown and remove jewelry or other metal that might appear in the images which could interfere with test results.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

During the exam, the technologist will position you to ensure he or she can get the necessary image(s) for the radiologist. You may be asked to hold your breath to reduce the possibility of blurry images.

Please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time.

X-Ray Results

A board-certified radiologist reviews your images and provides the results to your ordering provider typically within three business days. Please contact your provider for results. If you are enrolled in MyChart®, you can find your results there as well.

Accreditations and Certifications

All technologists who perform X-ray exams are nationally board certified and state licensed.

Find an X-Ray Location Near You

Some locations have walk-in hours.

More X-Ray Resources

The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America offer detailed information on X-rays for your chest, abdomen and bones.