An x-ray is a quick procedure that can help to diagnose and monitor a number of different health conditions. X-ray procedures are carried out by radiographers.

Diagnosis using x-ray

X-rays are commonly used to look for fractures in your bones after a fall or injury but they can also be used to look at your organs. For example, an x-ray image of your chest can show whether you have an infection in your lungs.

What to expect during an x-ray?

Depending on the type of examination required, the x-ray may require you to either stand up or lie down on the couch. Your radiographer will position the machine close to the relevant part of your body your doctor needs to look at before taking the image.

X-rays will usually only take a few minutes. You may be asked to remove your clothing, put on a hospital gown and take off your jewellery as required to complete the x-ray your doctor needs to see. There are private changing rooms including personal possession lockers at your disposal.

You will then go to the x-ray room and your radiographer will talk you through the procedure and assist you where needed. You will be asked to stay still and sometimes, particularly if you’re having a chest x-ray, to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.

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Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 353 3055


300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4SY

01454 456500


Fordham Rd, Newmarket CB8 7XN, UK

+44 (0)1223 907 600


Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

+44 (0)1245 987 901

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164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

0203 848 0900


Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

+44 (0)208 236 9040


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+44 (0)1483 806 000


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+44 (0)1732 207 000

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Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, MK14 6LS

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Peters Way, Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

+44 (0)1865 237 700


Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

+44 (0)23 9248 4992


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69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

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