X-Ray A to Z Guide

X-Ray: A to Z Guide

X-ray is one of the oldest and most common forms of diagnostic imaging. It’s a form of electromagnetic radiation like visible light. These rays have higher energy and can pass through almost every object, including your body. It is used to create the images of the inside of the body. The X-ray beam is directed at the area to be examined

Fast Facts:

  • Different tissue of your body absorbs or block the radiation differently.
  • Dense tissue like bone blocks most of the radiation and so appear white in the images obtained.
  • Usually, multiple images can be taken from different angles for a detailed view of the affected part.


An X-Ray is used to view, diagnose, and monitor:

  • Bone fractures
  • Joint Injuries and Infections
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Cancer
  • Joint Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you need to prepare for an X-Ray scan?

There is no special preparation needed for most X-Ray exams. You are asked to wear a hospital gown and remove jewelry and metal objects before you take it.

What happens during an X-Ray?

You are asked to lie on a table or stand next to the X-Ray machine. The technologist performing the scan may use cushions to help you hold the proper position. You may be asked to keep yourself very still, without breathing for a few seconds. In case, multiple images or views are required, you’ll be asked to reposition for another view.

How long does it take?

X-ray scans are fast and easy and usually take only 5 to 60 minutes.

Are there any risks involved?

X-Rays expose you to radiation. The small amount of radiation depends on the X-ray scan you want. For example, brain, lungs, abdomen and the X-ray machine type. The exposure to radiation is variable and its risks are also variable. Women who are pregnant should inform their doctor if they are or maybe pregnant. You will not feel the radiation.

Does X-ray hurt?

You will not feel the radiation. Just minimal clicking or buzzing noises are heard while it is being performed.

How long before the report comes?

If there is no emergency, it mostly takes a day or so to interpret, report, and deliver the report.

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