What is an X-Ray of the Ribs?

Pain in the rib cage pain can be from pulled muscles or a rib fracture. This pain may occur immediately upon injury or develop slowly over time. It can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition and x-ray of the ribs is initially ordered by doctors.

The most common causes of rib cage pain are a pulled muscle or bruised ribs. Other causes of pain in the rib cage area are:

  • broken ribs
  • injuries to the chest
  • rib fractures
  • diseases that affect the bones, such as osteoporosis
  • inflammation of the lining of the lungs
  • muscle spasms
  • inflamed rib cartilage

Who should get this test?

If your pain started after an injury, your doctor might order X-ray of the ribs. This can show evidence of fractures or abnormalities in the bones. If there are any abnormalities on your X-ray, such as an abnormal growth, your doctor will order a soft tissue imaging scan, such as an MRI.

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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