What is a Chest X-Ray?

Chest X-Ray may be performed to diagnose pulmonary or cardiac disorders. It may be used to identify the cause of shortness of breath, cough and chest pain. It is also helpful to diagnose pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer because it spots abnormalities of the airways, blood vessels, bones, heart, and if you have fluid in your lungs.

Who should take this test?

Chest X-Ray is performed to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall. If you have the symptoms below, Chest X-Ray is usually the first imaging test that will be ordered by your doctor:

  • breathing difficulties.
  • a bad or persistent cough.
  • chest pain or injury.
  • fever.

X-ray of the chest is also used to see the size and shape of your heart. Abnormal size and shape of your heart can indicate issues with heart function.

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.


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