Chest X-Ray (cont.)
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How to Prepare for Chest X-ray Test
As noted above, usually a gown is worn and metal containing materials are removed from the body before an X-ray is taken. Pregnant women need to notify the doctor and the technician as some or all images may not be taken in order to avoid unnecessary X-ray radiation exposure to the fetus. Precautions, such as, protective lead covers may be placed on the abdomen to avoid radiation to the fetus when an X-ray is absolutely necessary.
Medical Reasons for Chest X-ray Test
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Doctors generally order chest X-ray tests in conjunction with taking a medical history and performing a physical exam to confirm or exclude a suspected chest. Some of the common reasons to order a chest X-ray test are listed below:
There are many other more specific reasons that a doctor may choose to order a chest X-ray depending on each individual situation.
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