What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a quick and painless diagnostic test to take pictures of the inside of your body. The test exposes your body to a small dose of radiation (X-rays) to take images of bones, blood vessels, heart or lungs. 

The procedure is very quick, only taking between 5 and 10 minutes, although this may vary depending on the part of the body being scanned. All tests are done by expert Radiographers who will position you on a table, and place a film holder or digital recording plate under the part of your body being scanned. The radiographer will then move behind a protective screen to start the X-ray. 

You may need an X-ray if you suspect a bone is broken, fractured, or infected. X-rays can be used to check for joint damage or inflammation, and signs of disease in your soft tissue and organs. 

What happens after the X-ray?

There should be no adverse side effects to your X-ray. Once your test is complete you will be able to continue your day as planned. Your images and report is reviewed and sent on to your healthcare specialist to give a diagnosis and organise any further treatment, if necessary.

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