X-ray images help doctors diagnose or monitor a wide range of diseases or injuries.
Commonly asked questions about x-ray
An x-ray examination is used to produce images of the bones and internal organs. These images and the radiologist’s report can help your doctor diagnose or monitor a wide range of diseases or injuries. Any part of the body can be x-rayed.
Yes, we require a referral from your GP or specialist doctor. An appointment is not usually necessary, but you must bring a referral with you.
There is no preparation required for a plain x-ray examination but wearing clothes without buttons, metal zips, buckles or hooks around the area being x-rayed does help.
Please let the radiographer know if there is any chance you may be pregnant
You will be asked to remove jewellery and other metal from the body part we are examining; you may need to change into a hospital gown.
The radiographer will ask you to lie or stand in different positions for the images and they may need to feel for bones or help you move into the best position.
X-rays need you to be as still as possible to avoid blurring the image. Sometimes the radiographer will ask you to hold your breath for a short time.
A single examination will take an average of 10 minutes, but may take up to one hour for more complex examinations or multiple body areas.
All our x-rays are digital, you do not need to take films with you when you leave.
The radiologist’s report is automatically forwarded to your referring doctor. Please return to your doctor to discuss examination results.