WHAT TO EXPECT:
X-rays may be completed in your room or you may be taken to the radiology department.
The technician will knock before entering, introduce themselves and their licensure, cleanse their hand with gel or at the sink explain the exam and how much time it will require.
They will check your name band and ask you to verify your date of birth. This is a key step for safety.
Don’t let them proceed with the exam until your name and birthdate have been verified with your name band.
After your exam, they will thank you and the exam will be sent to be read by physicians. The technician does not read the film.
Emergency department doctors may initiate treatments based on a preliminary reading, but the official reading by the radiologist may take about an hour.