Chest X-Ray

A chest X-ray is an imaging test used to diagnose injury and diseases affecting the lungs, heart, blood vessels and other structures in the chest.

Benefit

A chest X-ray is a quick and painless imaging test used to create images of the structures in and around your chest.

Procedure

The procedure needs little to no specific preparation. You may need to remove some of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. It will also be necessary to remove jewellery, removable dental appliances, eye-glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.

The average chest x-ray uses a small amount of radiation (0.1 mSv), equivalent to about 10 days of natural background radiation.

It may identify infectious diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis, congestion or fluid on the lungs seen in heart failure, lung disease and asthma, and benign or malignant tumours.

Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

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