Hello, I’m Dr. Geoffrey Rubin, a radiologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. I’d like to talk with you about chest radiography also known as chest x-rays.
Chest x-rays are the most commonly performed x-ray exams and use a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the chest.
A chest x-ray is used to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall and may be used to help evaluate shortness of breath, persistent cough, fever, chest pain or injury. It may also be useful to help diagnose and monitor treatment for a variety of lung conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema and cancer.
A chest x-ray requires no special preparation. However, you should inform your doctor and the technologist if there is any possibility you might be pregnant.
Leave any jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to change into a gown.
You may have some concerns about chest x-rays. However, it’s important to consider the likelihood of benefit to your health. While a chest x-ray use a tiny dose of ionizing radiation, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs any risk.
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