A chest x-ray is a non- invasive way to get a pictorial description of the chest wall and its surrounding structures. In this test, a ray of ionizing radiation is passed through the patient’s body from front-to-back to produce an image of the internal chest cavity. The image is inscribed on a special x-ray film using a small aggregate of radiation. This image can only be viewed clearly in an x-ray view box.
Why get tested?
This test is performed to evaluate the heart, lungs and chest wall. It is used to assess the cause of symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, chest pain, inflammation, or an undiagnosed persistent cough. It is also helpful in evaluating tumors, cancer, underlying heart diseases and various lung conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia.
What it measures?
A Chest x-ray is performed to diagnose various chest related ailments such as
1. Injury or fracture in the chest cavity, shoulder blades
2. Inflammation or tumor in the food pipe
3. Lung related illnesses such as a tumor or infection
4. An undiagnosed heart disease
This test includes
X-Ray Chest - AP View
1. Pregnant females are advised to consult a doctor before getting an x-ray examination as it may pose a threat to the health of the fetus.
2. The patient may be asked to wear a loose fitted clinical gown.
3. It is advisable to not wear any metal object or accessory around the waist and lower back.