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Prepare for an X-Ray

What should I wear?

Metal and certain clothing may obstruct the image and require additional x-rays, so you should remove all jewelry and wear a hospital gown during the x-ray examination.

What should I tell the physician and staff?

Inform your health care provider prior to the exam if you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or have an IUD inserted.

Do I need to do anything to prepare?

If abdominal x-rays are planned and you had a barium contrast study (such as upper GI series or barium enema) in the last four days the test may be delayed until the contrast has fully passed.