What: X-rays are the most commonly used form of medical imaging, which involves exposing a part of the body to a small doses of ionizing radiation.X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate or pass through the human body and produce shadow-like images of structures such as bones, organs, and signs of disease or injury. 

Time: 15 minutes to one hour.

Prep: Most x-rays do not require any special preparations. Prior to the x-ray, you may be asked to remove jewelry or other items that could interfere with the imaging process. Women should advise their physician or the x-ray technician if there is any possibility of pregnancy.