A bone x-ray makes images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, spine, pelvis, hip, thigh, knee, leg (shin), ankle or foot. You will be asked to remove some of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam.You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
This exam requires little to no special preparation.Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most, so bones look white. When you have an x-ray, you may wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body.Fat and other soft tissues absorb less, and look gray. The most familiar use of x-rays is checking for broken bones, but x-rays are also used in other ways. The amount of radiation you get from an x-ray is small.For example, a chest x-ray gives out a radiation dose similar to the amount of radiation you're naturally exposed to from the environment over 10 days.Medline Plus links to health information from the National Institutes of Health and other federal government agencies.Tell your doctor and the technologist if there is any possibility you are pregnant.