You must have been familiar with an X-ray Test. It is a painless test that is being utilized by experts in order to observe the bones inside the body. If you got hit by a car or you think you break a bone and you are advised to take an X-ray, here are the following tips that can help you prepare for your X-ray examination.
It will also help you to avoid complications and make the procedure easier and smoother.
Talk to your doctor
Before the procedure, it is important that you talk to your doctor about it. This is very important if you are still breastfeeding your child or you think you are pregnant. Pregnant women should not be exposed to even small amounts of radiation because it can interfere with the development of the fetus.
If it had been confirmed that you are pregnant, the doctor might suggest other types of imaging tests that will not use the radiation.
Verify if you need fasting or not
For those people who are going to undergo x-ray for their digestive tract, the doctor may require you to fast before the procedure. You will not eat or drink anything 8-12 hours before the exam. Aside from that, if you are regularly taking your medication, you can only take it with a small sip of water and nothing else.
Wear appropriate clothes
It is important that you feel comfortable with the shoes and clothes that you are going to wear. However, you will be most likely to remove your clothes for the X-ray test. They will provide you a thin hospital gown that you can wear during the examination for the time being.
Therefore, you should make sure that you wear loose clothing. The one that you can easily remove and does not take too much time. For men, it is highly recommended that you wear the button-up shirt and for women, the front-clasping bra will do the trick.
Minimize wearing any metal objects
As much as possible, you should not wear any metal accessories in your body. Glasses, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches should be removed before you undergo the examination. To save time from removing them, you might as well consider not wearing them at all considering the fact that you are going to undergo an X-ray examination.
Don’t be late for your appointment
As much as possible, you should be at least 30 minutes early for your appointment. In that way, you can fully prepare for your X-ray examination. Aside from that, you maybe ask to take a contrast medium before you undergo the procedure, so you should be early. Make sure that you do not forget to bring your insurance card after filling out all the papers required.
Minimize drinking water
You should not excessively drink water or any liquid beverages prior to the exam. Once you enter the exam room, you will not be allowed to leave until the procedure is over. Therefore, you should make sure that your bladder is empty. Before you finally step into the exam room, you should go to the restroom first and try emptying your bladder.
There you go! Follow these tips, and it will help you to have a smoother x-ray examination. In that way, you will be able to avoid delays, any complications, and misunderstanding with your technician. Educating yourself about everything you need to know will help you to finish the procedure without any hassle. This is very important especially if you are dealing with serious injuries that require X-Ray test.
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