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General Radiography

What is general radiography?

General radiography is the most basic form of medical imaging. It uses X-rays to create a still image of the inside of the body. Any part of the body can be examined.

Preparing for General Radiography

There are no specific preparations for general X-rays, but here are some general things to remember:

  • You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothing and to wear a hospital gown during the exam.
  • You may also be asked to take off jewellery, eye glasses and any metal objects that might show up on the X-ray.
  • To avoid motion as the X-ray is taken, you may be asked to remain still and/or hold your breath for a short time.
  • The number of X-rays required will depend on the area being imaged.
  • You should always inform your doctor or technologist you are or might be pregnant. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to reduce exposure to the baby.

Risks or Complications:

  • Minimal exposure to radiation.
  • You should always inform your doctor or X-ray technologist if you are or might be pregnant. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to reduce X-ray exposure to the baby.

How long will general radiography take?

10 to 15 minutes

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