What is the experience like after an x-ray?
X-rays are saved on film or digitally on computers. When the examination is complete, you will be asked to wait until the radiologist determines that all the necessary images have been obtained and often, if they can see the images then and there, determine if they are clear enough for proper analysis.
Digital images can be viewed on-screen within minutes. In an emergency, your X-ray results can be made available to your doctor in minutes.
In any case, a radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze your images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician. They will then contact you to discuss the results.
Routine X-rays usually have no side effects. However, if you receive an injection of contrast medium before your X-rays, call your doctor if you experience pain, swelling or redness at the injection site. Ask your doctor about other signs and symptoms to watch for pertaining to your specific X-ray procedure.
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