X-Rays are a common imaging test carried out by Radiographers.
X-Rays are a type of radiation that passes through the body. The energy from the X-rays is absorbed at different rates depending on what part of your body is being scanned. The detector picks up the X-Rays once they have passed through the body and turns them into images. Dense parts of the body, such as Bone, are harder for the X-rays to pass through making them appear white on the image. Softer parts of the body, such as heart and lungs, are easier for the X-Rays to pass through making them appear darker.
During an X-Ray your radiographer will ask you to either stand or lay down depending on the part of body being scanned. It is important to stay still while the images are being taken to help provide the clearest images possible.
As X-Rays are a standard procedure, no preparation is required.
X-Rays can take between 5-15 minutes. We aim to have the results within 2 days.
You won’t feel anything while it’s carried out.
There is a low risk of short-term effects.
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