X-rays are simple, painless procedures. You will be asked to remove some of your clothing and wear a gown during the exam. You will also be asked to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses, removable dental appliances, and any metal that may interfere with the reading.
Depending on the area of the body being scanned, you will be asked to lie down, sit, or stand. Areas that are not being scanned may be covered with a lead apron to reduce radiation exposure.
As the imaging is being done, your doctor may ask you to change positions or rotate your body for different positions. This gives doctors several angles of imaging to examine. It is important that you hold the extremity or joint still as the image is being taken. Moving body parts can lead to a blurry image. If your doctor needs to retake an image, they will usually let you know.
You may experience some discomfort while moving an injured extremity or joint. If you do, talk to the doctor overseeing the imaging. While some discomfort is to be expected, sharp pain during an X-ray can indicate that you risk injuring the area further.