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What is an X-ray

An X-ray is a quick and painless procedure commonly used to produce images of the inside of the body. It’s a very effective way of looking at the bones and can be used to help detect a range of conditions and are performed by specially trained staff called Radiographers.

X-rays use a form of radiation to produce images of bones and certain tissues within the body. An x-ray machine projects a beam through parts of the body. Some of the x-rays get absorbed by denser parts of the body such as bone, and will appear white on the radiograph (the x-ray image).


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A detector plate that is placed under the part of the body being examined captures x-rays that have been allowed to pass through structures of the body. The final x-ray image will contain shades of grey which define how many x-rays have been allowed to pass through the body.

X-rays can be used to examine most parts of the body but they are mainly used to look at bones and joints.

Preparing for an x-ray

Usually there is no preparation required but if you have any questions, please give us a call to discuss.


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What happens during  an x-ray?

You will be taken to the x-ray room by the radiographer. Your personal details will be checked and the examination will be explained to you. The radiographer will position the x-ray camera over the area to be examined and you will be asked to remain still during the procedure, as movement can affect the quality of the image and result in the process having to be repeated.

For some examinations you may be asked to hold your breath whilst the x-ray is taken. The radiographer will move behind a screen to take the image at a control panel, but will be able to see and hear you at all times.


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Often the radiographer will need to take two or more x-rays of the same area but from different angles to ensure maximum information is obtained for each examination.

Once the x-ray is completed it will be viewed on a computer monitor and stored digitally.

The x-ray procedure will only take a few minutes and you won’t feel anything whilst its carried out.


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