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What is an X-ray?
An X-ray produces images of the inside of the body. X-rays help diagnose, monitor, and treat many medical conditions. Most commonly they are used to look at joints and bones although they can be used to detect problems affecting soft tissue, such as internal organs. X-rays help detect and diagnose:
- Fractures or breakage of bones
- Tooth issues
- Lung issues
- Dysphagia (swallowing problems)
- Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Non-cancerous and cancerous bone tumours
- Heart problems
- Breast cancer
What happens during an X-ray?
Before your appointment you will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire and be guided through a safety presentation by your Radiographer.
You may be asked to stand upright against a flat surface, or lie down on an examination table. The Radiographer will position the x-ray machine and then leave the room, or stand behind a screen, while the picture is taken.
It is important that you stay as still as possible. Each scan is painless and lasts only a few seconds.
What preparation is required for an X-ray?
You should wear loose clothing and remove all jewellery, watches or other metal items. Depending on what area of your body is being imaged, you may need to change into a hospital gown.
If you are pregnant please advise your Doctor and let us know as we do not recommend X-rays for pregnant women unless it is an emergency. Please inform us if you have had a similar X-ray within the previous six months.
What happens after the X-ray?
The images are quality checked to ensure they are suitable to make a diagnosis. The images will be sent to a Radiologist for analysis and the results will be sent to your referring Doctor. This process typically takes up to one week.
You are able to resume all normal activity immediately after the scan.