What is a Shoulder X-Ray?

An X-ray of the shoulder is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to make images of the upper arm (between the shoulder and elbow). During the examination, an X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the upper arm, and an image is recorded on a computer or special film.

Who should get this test?

Shoulder X-rays can be used to diagnose a disease, monitor the progression of the disease, determine a treatment plan, and see the effect of a treatment plan. Physicians use X-rays to locate foreign objects within the shoulder and to guide them in setting broken bones. A Shoulder X-Ray may help diagnose (find):

  • shoulder dislocation.
  • joint spacing and the narrowing of the space between the bones
  • fractures or breaks in the bone

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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