X-ray imaging

What is an X-ray?

X-ray is an imaging technique that is used to show up abnormalities in bones and certain body tissue, such as breast tissue. X-rays usually use low amounts of radiation, so the risk to your health is very small.

What are the benefits of an X-ray? 

They show images of abnormalities that cannot be seen from outside the body, such as broken bones (fractures) or shadows on the lungs.

How does an X-ray work? 

Depending on what type you’re having, an X-ray should take 15-30 minutes and is carried out by a radiographer. A consultant radiologist will provide the results.

You’ll be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray source and a drawer containing film. The part of your body is exposed to X-rays for a fraction of a second, the X-rays hit the film, which is then developed.

If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your scan.

For more information, and if you have any queries about the procedure, speak to your consultant.

Continue taking your normal medication unless you are told otherwise.

If you are diabetic please tell the radiology department.

It’s helpful if you bring any previous X-rays with you.

When will I get my X-ray results? 

Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within two days of your X-ray. 

Paying for your procedure

X-ray costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the consultant radiologist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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