• Decrease font size
  • Return font size to normal
  • Increase font size
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About FDA

  • Print
  • Share
  • E-mail

What should I do before getting a diagnostic medical x-ray?

You can reduce your radiation risks and contribute to your successful examination or procedure by

  • keeping a "medical x-ray history" with the names of your radiological exams or procedures, the dates and places where you had them, and the physicians who referred you for those exams
  • making your current health care providers aware of your medical x-ray history
  • asking your health care provider whether or not alternatives to x-ray exams would allow the provider to make a good assessment or provide appropriate treatment for your medical situation
  • providing interpreting physicians and referring physicians with recent x-ray images and radiology reports
  • informing radiologists or x-ray technologists in advance if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
Basics Question toggle Show all related FDA Basics Questions

-

How helpful was this information?

                               

Not HelpfulArrow pointing to the rightVery Helpful


Please limit your feedback to 1000 characters.

Please limit your feedback to 1000 characters.

If you would like to ask a specific question, please visit our "Contact Us" page for more information about how to contact FDA.

Please note that any information you submit may become public or subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). For more information, read about our privacy policies and the FOIA.

-