Chest X-Ray

A chest x-ray is an x-ray of the chest, lungs, heart, large arteries, ribs, and diaphragm.

How the Test is Performed
  • You stand in front of the x-ray machine. You will be told to hold your breath when the x-ray is taken.
  • Two images are usually taken. You will need to stand against the machine, and then sideways.
How to Prepare for the Test

Tell the health care provider if you are pregnant. Chest x-rays are generally not done during the first 6 months of pregnancy.

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