As the patient stands against the image recording plate, two chest views are typically taken, one from the back and the other from the side. The patient will be positioned with hands-on hips and chest pressed against the image plate by the technologist, specially trained to perform radiology examinations. The patient’s side is against the image plate in the second view, and his arms are raised.
For chest x-rays, patients who cannot stand may be positioned lying down on a table.
While the technologist takes the x-ray, you must remain completely still and may need to hold your breath for a few seconds. This reduces the likelihood of a blurred image. To activate the x-ray machine, the technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room.
When the exam is finished, the technologist may ask you to wait until the radiologist confirms that they have all the necessary images. The entire chest x-ray examination, from positioning to obtaining and verifying images, takes about 15 minutes.
To evaluate any changes in the chest, additional views may be required within hours, days, or months.