A chest X-ray is a test that uses radiation to create pictures of the organs in your chest, including the lungs, the heart, and the ribs. Chest X-rays are used to look for many health conditions, including heart failure, pneumonia, tuberculosis, rib fractures, breathing disorders, and cancer. They may be used to diagnose chest pain, constant coughing, or trouble breathing.
Getting a chest X-ray is a safe procedure. However, you will be exposed to a small amount of radiation.
Being exposed to too much radiation over a lifetime can increase the risk of cancer. This risk is small, but it may occur if you have many X-rays throughout your life.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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