WHAT IS AN X-RAY?

X-ray is a high-energy electromagnetic wave, similar to light, and is commonly used to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. It is:

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

No, appointments for x-rays are not required. Most x-ray scans require you to attend for around 10-15 minutes.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY X-RAY?

No special preparation is required for an x-ray. Try not to wear any jewellery or metallic items, as these may need to be removed.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Before your examination you must tell us if you:

WHAT TO BRING:
WHO WILL DO MY X-RAY?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your x-ray.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY X-RAY?

You may be asked to remove some items of clothing and metal objects (e.g. jewellery), and change into a disposable gown.

Depending on which area of the body is to be scanned, you will be asked to either lie down on the xray table or stand up next to the x-ray plate. Our radiographer will position you and move the x-ray machine over the area of your body being scanned. The radiographer will then walk behind a screen to take the x-ray. They will ask you not to move while the x-ray is being taken, which will only be for a few seconds. You may also be asked to hold your breath during this time. Most examinations require 2 more or projections to be taken, usually at right angles, so the radiographer will be positioning you and moving in and out of the room multiple times.

At the end of the examination the radiographer will ask you to wait for a couple of minutes while they check the images. The entire procedure normally takes 5-10 minutes. There are no side-effects to x-ray and you can resume normal activity straight after having one.