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Chest X-Ray - Heart

Definition:

A very small amount of radiation is used to produce an image of the structures of the chest (heart, lungs and bones) on film.

Your doctor uses the CXR to:
  • look at the structures of the chest (bones, heart, lungs)
  • evaluate placement of devices (pacemakers, defibrillators) or tubes placed during hospitalization for treatment and monitoring (catheters, chest tubes)
  • diagnose lung and cardiac diseases
What to expect:
  • A CXR can be performed by Radiology at the bedside or in their department.
  • You will remove all clothes and jewelry from the waist up. You will wear a hospital gown during the test.
  • A very small amount of radiation is used to take images of the structures of the chest.
  • Two x-rays will be taken: If you are able, you will be asked to stand very still with your chest against the cassette that contains the film. You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds to generate better images.
  • You will be asked to do the same thing, but with your left side against the cassette.

The entire test takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes.

To prepare:
  • No special preparation is necessary.
  • Tell the technician if you may be pregnant.
Reviewed: 05/11

This information is about testing and procedures and may include instructions specific to Cleveland Clinic.
Please consult your physician for information pertaining to your testing.

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