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How to prepare for an x-ray

An x-ray is similar to other waves like radio waves, microwaves, ultraviolet and infrared radiation. One thing that all these waves have in common is their origin, you see, these waves are formed by an electromagnetic radiation.

They can show a digital image of the internal structure of something. The x-ray can produce images that are made through when an EM radiation passes a part of the body.

The medical industry has found it beneficial and common to use the x-ray. It has been used for decades by doctors to see what is inside the body of their patient without making an incision.

In most hospitals, x-rays screening are done in the radiology department or in a clinic that specializes in diagnosing medical conditions.

One clinic that does X-rays is Acumed Medical Group. They offer X Ray screening services at their multiple clinics across Singapore. If you are serious about getting a good GP, you should check them out at their website here:

The fact that you feel pain in a part of your body does not mean that you need an x-ray. There are some symptoms that you need to be aware of in order to determine if you need an x-ray or not. For visual examples, visit the Acumed Medical Group blog.

  1. Deformity

This is a very important symptom that indicates if you need to get an x-ray or not. Most of the time, it is the most reliable indicator of a fracture. If your leg or your arm is not in the right position or bends to places it is not supposed to, there is a high possibility that the bones in that region are not in place.

  1. Swelling

Swelling is another symptom that can help you determine if you need an x-ray. Injuries cause body fluids and blood to leak into the muscle skin and fat. The result of this leakage of this fluid is a hard swell.

  1. Bruising

The part of the body that is bruised often becomes discolored. What this discoloration means is that blood has leaked from the capillary in the region. Bruising could also be as a result of a damage to the tissues or as a result of blood leaking from a bone that is broken.

Now that you know some of the symptoms that warrant an x-ray, we are going to be looking at some ways you can prepare for an x-ray

In some health clinics, x-rays is a standard procedure, and you might not need to make special preparation for them.

When preparing for your visit to your doctor or radiologist for an x-ray, it would be wise you wear lose and comfortable clothing that gives you the freedom to move freely. When you get to the hospital for an x-ray you might be asked to change into a hospital gown before taking the test. You will also be asked to remove any metallic substance as well as jewelry before your x-ray is taken.

In some cases, you might need a contrast material like a contrast dye just before your x-ray. The role of the dye is to improve the image quality of your x-ray.  The dye may contain compounds like iodine or barium.

There are several ways a contrast dye is administered before an x-ray, but it to a large extent depends on the reason for the x-ray

Below are some ways that the contrast dye is taken.

  • Through injection
  • Through a liquid which you will have to swallow
  • It can also be given to you in the form of an enema before your x-ray

Your doctor might ask you to fast for some time if the purpose of your x-ray is to examine your gastrointestinal tract. During your fast period, you will have to avoid eating anything, but you can drink certain liquids moderately. In some cases, you might be asked to take a medication that will empty your bowels completely.