You don't usually need to do anything special to prepare for an X-ray. You can eat and drink as normal beforehand and can continue taking your usual medications.
However, you may need to stop taking certain medications and avoid eating and drinking for a few hours if you're having an X-ray that uses a contrast agent (see contrast X-rays below).
For all X-rays, you should let the hospital know if you're pregnant. X-raysaren't usually recommended for pregnant women unless it's an emergency (for more information,see Can I have an X-ray if I'm pregnant? ).
It's a good idea to wear loose comfortable clothes, as you may be able to wear these during the X-ray. Try to avoid wearing jewellery and clothes containing metal (such as zips), as these will need to be removed.
Read about how X-rays work, why they're used, what happens before, during and after an X-ray, and what the risks are.
X-rays are a type of Radiation that can pass throughthe body. They can't be seen by the naked eye and you can't feel them. Asthey pass throughthe body, the energy from X-raysis absorbed at different
X-rays can be used to examine most areas of the body. They're mainly used to look at the bones and joints, although they're sometimes used to detect problems affecting soft tissue, such as internal or
You don't usually need to do anything special to prepare for an X-ray. You can eat and drink as normal beforehand and can continue taking your usual medications. However, you may need to stop taking
Duringan X-ray, you'll usually be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surfacesothat the part of your body being examinedcan be positioned in the right place. The X-ray machine, which look
You won't experience any after effects from a standard X-ray and will be able to go home shortly afterwards. You canreturn toyour normal activities straight away. You may have some temporary side eff
People are often concerned about being exposed to radiation during an X-ray. However,the part of your body being examined will only be exposed to a low level of radiationfor a fraction of a second. G