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What happens during a chest X-ray?

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The process is painless and simple. You don’t need to do anything to get ready for it. But you do need to let the technician know if you could be pregnant.

Your X-ray will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have to remove all of your clothes and jewelry from the waist up, and wear a hospital gown. And you have to stand very still while you hold your breath.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Chest X Ray," "What is a Chest X Ray?" "How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?"

RadiologyInfo.org: "Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)."

CDC: “Aortic Aneurysm Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chest X-rays,” “Heart disease.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Chest X Ray," "What is a Chest X Ray?" "How is Heart Disease Diagnosed?"

RadiologyInfo.org: "Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography)."

CDC: “Aortic Aneurysm Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chest X-rays,” “Heart disease.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms and Diagnosis of Cardiomyopathy.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 01, 2018

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