happens when the test is performed?
- You either stand or lie down while a technician takes the x-rays.
He or she positions you against the photographic plate (which
looks like a large board) to get the clearest pictures. A front
view and a side view are usually taken.
For cervical spine x-rays, the technician tells you to open your
mouth as wide as you can before taking some of the pictures;
this is done to avoid having your teeth block the view of the
bones at the top of your spine.
The technician leaves the room or stands behind a screen while
controlling the x-ray camera. To avoid a blurred image, he or
she tells you to remain as still as possible, including holding
your breath, before taking each picture.