An individual prepares for an X-ray by removing clothing from the part of the body being X-rayed, as well as taking off eyeglasses, jewelry and accessories with metal objects that may appear in the X-ray, according to the Mayo Clinic. The patient may also be given a contrasting medium.Continue Reading
X-rays are often performed in a dentist's office, medical clinic, emergency room or hospital, notes Mayo Clinic. X-ray machines give off small and safe amounts of radiation that penetrate flesh and bone to render an interior image of the individual's body. An X-ray can take anywhere from a few minutes to more than an hour, if a contrasting medium is required for more in-depth procedures.
Examples of contrasting mediums include iodine and barium, says Mayo Clinic. Such mediums aid in outlining specific areas of the body during an X-ray. Contrasting mediums can be introduced as either an enema or injection, or they can be swallowed.
Standard X-rays are usually done without resulting side effects, according to Mayo Clinic. There's a chance that a contrasting medium injection can result in redness, inflammation and pain at the site of injection. An individual should contact his doctor if any of these side effects occur.Learn more about Diagnostics & Imaging