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The chest radiography (x-ray) is performed by SMIL radiologists to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall. Typically, a chest x-ray is the first test SMIL radiologists use to help diagnose certain symptoms, including shortness of breath, persistent cough, chest pain and fever.
During the chest x-ray, typically, two views of the chest are taken, one from the back and the other from the side of the body as you stand against the image recording plate. Patients who cannot stand may be positioned lying down on a table for chest x-rays.
You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. The SMIL technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the x-ray machine.
When the examination is complete, you will be asked to wait until the radiologist determines that all the necessary images have been obtained. The chest x-ray examination is usually completed within 15 minutes.
Learn how to prepare for the scan in the chest x-ray preparations section.
Find out if this procedure is right for you in the benefits and risks of chest x-ray section.
For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.