Let Your Heart Jingle All the Way: A Little About Chest X-Rays

chest xrayAs one of the leading killers of Americans, heart disease is something that you should be extremely cautious of. To ensure that you stay around for your family for years to come and that your heart can jingle all the way for many more holidays, it’s important that you live a healthy lifestyle. However, if you do find out that you have heart disease, there are certain changes that you can make to help your heart stays healthy. To diagnose you as having heart disease, your doctor will suggest a chest x-ray. Read on to learn more about the benefits of chest x-rays and how they are done.

What Are The Benefits of Chest X-rays?
There are several benefits of chest x-rays including the ability to:

  • Take a closer look at your lungs, heart, and bones
  • Check on pacemakers, defibrillators, and other devices
  • Check the fluid in the lungs from things such as pneumonia.

As one of the greatest benefits, however, chest x-rays give doctors the capability to see if you have heart disease by taking a concrete image of your heart and your heart valves. By detecting heart disease early on, you can make lifestyle changes to prevent it from getting worse.

What Does A Chest X-ray Entail?
Just like with any procedure, it is good to know exactly what a chest x-ray will require. As a non-invasive imaging process, a chest x-ray can be done in just 10-15 minutes. After you have undressed from the waist up, one of the radiologists at UTMB Radiology will start taking the x-ray images. While each image is being taken, you will require you to hold your breath for a few seconds as each image is being taken.

Chest x-rays have many benefits including the ability to detect heart disease. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of getting a chest x-ray, contact UTMB Radiology today.

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