As part of our x-ray service we carry out x-rays on many areas of the body including:
- arms, legs, feet and hand
- back or spine
- pelvic x-rays.
Our x-ray service is available every weekday including evenings and on Saturdays.
What is an x-ray?
An x-ray is a quick and painless diagnostic test used to help diagnose many health conditions. X-rays work by projecting a form of radiation through part of your body to produce a black and white image of your bones, joints and soft tissues.
They can be used to check:
- bones for fractures or infection
- joints for damage or inflammation
- soft tissues and organs for signs of disease.
Please be advised that you will need to be referred by a GP or healthcare professional before you can have an x-ray.
An x-ray usually takes only a few minutes depending on what part of your body is being examined. Most of this time is spent getting into position and preparing the equipment. Your radiographer will ask you to lie down, sit or stand so that the part of your body being x-rayed is against the x-ray plate. The part of your body being examined is exposed to radiation for a fraction of a second as the x-rays hit the plate.
If you are, or there is a possibility you may be pregnant, please tell the radiographer before your x-ray.
All x-rays are reported by a Consultant Radiologist, within 48 hours. Results will usually be sent to the doctor or consultant who referred you for the x-ray.