Radiographs

Overview

Definition

A chest x-ray is an image of the heart and lungs and other structures in the chest. A small dose of radiation is used to create the image. It is one of the most common medical tests done.

Possible Complications

Chest x-rays are done using a small dose of radiation. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor or the x-ray technician. X-rays are generally avoided during pregnancy, if possible.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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RESOURCES

American Heart Association http://www.heart.org 

Radiology Info—Radiological Society of North America http://www.radiologyinfo.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca 

Radiology for Patients http://www.radiology-info.org 

References

X-ray (radiography)—chest. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=chestrad&bhcp=1. Updated March 16, 2014. Accessed January 26, 2015.