An X-ray sends very small doses of radiation through the body to create images that detect conditions such as fractures and arthritis.
The radiology department at Circle Health carries out an X-ray. We have highly-skilled radiographers and top quality digital equipment.
An X-ray is produced by X-radiation travelling from the X-ray machine through the human body. Each part of your body absorbs the radiation at different amounts, thereby producing a black-and-white image on the X-ray machine.
The more solid parts, such as bones, absorb more radiation and produce a white colour on the image. Whereas the less solid parts, such as soft-tissue, use allow more radiation to pass through, producing a black colour. The machine detects radiation that doesn’t get absorbed and translates this into numerical data, and then processed the data into an image.
An X-ray shows much detail about the density of the bone. So it is commonly used for imaging fractures of the bone, including hairline fractures. It can also look for bony lesions. Another common use is to see if joints have been disrupted, for example from degeneration due to arthritis.
All bony parts of the body can be X-rayed. This includes the upper and lower extremities, along the arms and legs. This also includes the pelvis and spine.
Although not as common these days, X-rays can scan the skull and facial bones especially if there has been trauma there.
The length of time to do an X-ray depends on the body parts being x-rayed. For example, an arm may take about 2 minutes, whereas the spine may take 5 minutes.
As soon as you have a referral from your clinician in out-patients, you can then walk-in to the radiology department to get your X-ray without having to book an appointment. The hospital usually reports the results back to the clinician within 2-working days after the scan. It is then up to you to get your results in a follow-up appointment with your clinician. However it is available instantly to the referring clinician to view.
You need a referral from your outpatient clinician. You can then walk-in to the radiology department without having to book an appointment. You don’t need to do any other preparation.
No, X-ray does not hurt and there is no discomfort.
There is a slight risk from X-rays (ionising radiation). This is closely governed by the regulatory body (CQC) under UK and EU legislation. X-rays are only carried out if necessary and appropriate and where the risk benefit has been considered.
Women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant to should seek advice from the Radiology staff who will always check your pregnancy status if you are female and of reproductive age and being X-rayed between your chest and knees.