Complications are rare. If you are planning to have an x-ray, your doctor will review a list of possible complications.
An x-ray does use radiation. You and your doctor will weigh the harms and benefits of this test. An x-ray may not be advised if you are pregnant. Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.
You will remove your clothes and put on a hospital gown. You will also need to remove all metal items, like jewelry and watches.
Tell your doctor if you:
Have taken any bismuth medications (such as Pepto-Bismol) within the last 4 days
Had a barium contrast x-ray within the last 4 days
Are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant
Description of Test
You will lie flat on your back under the x-ray machine. You will be asked to remain still while the x-ray is taken. Between x-rays, you may be asked to move into another position. You may also be asked to stand upright.