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.
If an X-ray has been requested at the hospital, please call 01494 425 447 to arrange, or if you have been given the request form, please take this along to the hospital.
If an X-ray has been requested at Cressex, please wait for the Cressex Diagnostic Centre to get in touch with you for an appointment usually within a week, if you have not heard in 2 weeks, please call 01494 555 200 to follow up on the request.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.