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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

For Patients & Families
Diagnostic Tests & Procedures


What is an X-ray?

An x-ray is used to take a picture of the body or a part of the body using a small, controlled amount of radiation. You may have several x-rays before and throughout your transplant treatment. Prior to your transplant, you will have a skeletal survey and a chest x-ray done. This gives the doctors a baseline (a normal picture) to which later x-rays can be compared. This allows the doctors to monitor how well you are doing with treatment.

Patient Preparation & Procedure

No special preparation is needed for a chest X-ray. Any jewellery or metal worn around the neck must be removed.

Inpatients will be taken to the x-ray department in a wheelchair or on a stretcher. If your white blood cell count is low, you will have to wear a mask while out of the hospital room. Chest x-rays can also be done in the patient's room for anyone not well enough to go to the x-ray department.

Outpatients can proceed to the X-Ray Department at their scheduled appointment time.

A chest x-ray takes about 15 minutes to complete but some waiting may be involved. You may spend up to 45 minutes in the X-Ray Department.

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