An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners. This is done through your GP who will refer you to the x-ray department. After 48 hours of being referred the patient rings 0844 902 0004 to make their own appointment. It is then the patients responsibility to ring for their results at the requested time by the hospital. The x-ray department is open mon - Fri 8.30am until 6.00pm excluding bank holidays.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.