A chest x-ray is an x-ray of the chest, lungs, heart, large arteries, ribs, and diaphragm.
How The Test Is Performed ?
The test is performed in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an x-ray technician. Two views are usually taken: one in which the x-rays pass through the chest from the back (posterior-anterior view), and one in which the x-rays pass through the chest from one side to the other (lateral view). You stand in front of the machine and must hold your breath when the x-ray is taken.
What The Risks Are ?
There is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is very low compared with the benefits. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays.
How Is The Final Pap Smear Diagnosis Made ?
The final Pap smear diagnosis is based on three determining factors:
- The Patient's History: The reader (the person reading the smear) takes into account the woman's history as noted on the lab request by the clinician performing the smear.
- Sample Adequacy: The reader then decides whether the sample was adequate for interpretation.
- The Presence Or Absence Of Cellular Abnormalities: The reader then notes whether cellular abnormalities were seen on the slides. If the appearance of the Pap smear does not seem to coincide with the woman's clinical history, a comment may also be made to that effect.
How To Prepare For The Test ?
Inform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Chest x-rays are generally avoided during the first six months of pregnancy. You must wear a hospital gown and remove all jewelry.
Why The Test Is Performed ?
Your doctor may order a chest x-ray if you have any of the following symptoms:
- A persistent cough
- Chest injury
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty breathing
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