An x-ray is a painless, common way to produce an image of the body and is used to diagnose a variety of conditions—from broken bones to tumors. When you undergo an x-ray, electromagnetic beams pass through the part of the body in question and produce a digital or traditional film image—which specially trained radiologists analyze to determine a diagnosis. X-ray technology has advanced significantly over the years, and the amount of radiation patients are exposed to has lowered greatly. Still, it’s especially important for pregnant women, or those who think they could be pregnant, to let their physician or x-ray specialist know.
Preparation for Radiography (x-Rays)
- We request that you arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time to complete paperwork and to change clothes if necessary.
- Please bring the written prescription your physician gave you for this procedure.
- There are no special preparations required for most radiographic procedures. Once you arrive, you may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and any objects that could obscure the images, since those show up on x-rays and may interfere seeing the area of interest clearly.
- You should inform your physician or a center staff member if you are taking GLUCOPHAGE (METFORMIN) OR GLUCOVANCE (GLYBURIDE/METFORMIN) for a diabetic condition.
- We strongly encourage you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have prior to your procedure. We strongly believe that communication with our patients is an important part of the service we provide.
If you have questions, please call the Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE.