What is a Sternum X-Ray?

The sternum, or breastbone, is a flat bone at the front center of the chest. The ribs and sternum make up what is called the “ribcage”. Sternum is attached to the first seven ribs and also to the clavicle, or collarbone. Your doctor can likely determine whether you have a bruised sternum by giving you a physical exam. They’ll check for signs of bruising, such as swelling or discoloration. You may also need a chest X-ray to make sure you don’t have a sternal fracture.

Who should get this test?

A sternum x-ray is typically the imaging test when you had a crash or trauma. The main symptom of a bruised sternum is intense pain that often gets worse when you breathe, cough, or rotate your torso. Other symptoms of a bruised sternum include:

  • discoloration of your chest skin
  • tenderness
  • swelling
  • stiffness

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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