An x-ray is a quick way to take a picture of the inside of your body. It helps doctors to find out more about your health problems, and to decide if more tests are needed. An x-ray is a relatively simple procedure that may take anywhere between five and 30 minutes depending on how many images are required.

Are x-rays safe?

X-rays use ionising radiation to produce a picture and every exposure to radiation carries a risk. When deciding whether or not to send you for an x-ray your doctor or referring practitioner will balance the risk of having the x-ray with benefit of making the right diagnosis.

There is also risk of damage to the unborn child. If you are, or think there is a chance that you could be pregnant, please inform the radiographer before your examination

Our radiographer’s are able to discuss any concerns you may have regarding radiation dose received during an x-ray and the latest guidance on the use of patient contact shielding.

How do I prepare?

No specific preparation is required for an x-ray however you may be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove jewellery from the area that is being x-rayed.