The Chest AP X-Ray View is conducted in a special room consisting of a movable x-ray camera attached to a huge metal arm. The patient is asked to stand beside a plate containing x-ray film or a special sensor used to record the chest images on a computer. The patient wears a lead apron to cover the genitals. The x-ray technician instructs the patient on the right way to stand and then records the chest’s both side and front views.
When the chest images are taken, the patient has to hold their breath so that the chest stays still completely. If, by any chance, the patient moves, the images will turn blurry. When the radiation goes through the patient’s body onto the x-ray plate, denser materials like the muscles and the bones of the heart appear white. Once the images are captured, which takes approximately 20 minutes, the x-ray of the chest AP view is complete. The patient can change back into their clothes once the x-ray is complete and further do their regular activities.