X-ray imaging is a long-established diagnostic tool used to produce images of tissues, bones and organs. It’s been in widespread use for many years.

Having an X-ray

If you’ve never had an X-ray you might not know what to expect. This brief guide is designed to answer the questions that might be in your mind.

Important things to tell us

It’s important to tell us before if you:

  • are (or might be) pregnant; or
  • have had a similar X-ray within the previous six months.

Before you arrive

  • Please let us know if you have any disabilities so that we can ensure we are able to offer you the highest quality service.
  • Please confirm your appointment by phone 24 hours before your scan and arrive in plenty of time.
  • You’re welcome to bring a friend or a relative with you, but for safety reasons we won’t normally allow them into the examination room.
  • Don’t forget to bring your appointment letter with you.

Preparation for the X-ray

  • Once you’ve checked in at reception, a member of the radiography team will meet you, explain the procedure, go through your safety questionnaire with you and ask you to sign a consent form. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions.
  • We might ask you to change into a hospital gown. We’ll give you a container to keep your clothes and personal belongings safe.
  • Throughout the procedure you will be looked after by the radiography team and they will explain what’s happening.

During the X-ray

  • The examination should take no more than a few minutes.
  • The radiographer operating the equipment will be able to see and hear you throughout the procedure.
  • We'll ask you to stay very still and we might ask you to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
  • For safety reasons, we won’t normally allow anyone accompanying you to come into the examination room whilst you are having your X-ray.
  • You won’t feel anything and there is no discomfort.

After the X-ray

  • There are no restrictions on normal activity, you can eat and drink normally, drive and return to work immediately after the X-ray.
  • A radiologist will examine the images shortly after your visit and send a report to your doctor or consultant, normally within a few days.
  • For ethical and professional reasons, we cannot discuss results with you. Only your doctor or consultant can do this.

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