How To Prepare
Before the X-ray test, tell your doctor if you are or might be pregnant. Pregnancy and the risk of radiation exposure to your unborn baby (Reference fetus Opens New Window) must be considered. The risk of damage from the X-rays is usually very low compared with the potential benefits of the test. If an extremity X-ray is absolutely necessary, a lead apron will be placed over your abdomen to help shield your baby from exposure to the X-rays.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
You don't need to do anything else before you have this test.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 24, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology