X-rays are often used as the first type of imaging used to diagnose a number of different conditions. X-rays use a small dose of radiation in order to obtain images of certain parts of the body. The benefit of having an x-ray must always out way any risk from the small dose of radiation.

Depending on the area being x-rayed you may need to get changed in order to avoid any artefacts on the image.

X-rays are often quite quick and you will not have to spend too much time in the room. The x-ray tube is used with a detector plate and the patient will be standing, sitting or lying close to the detector. It is important that the patient keeps very still while the x-ray is being obtained. In some cases you may have to hold your breath but this will only be for a very short period of time.

X-ray is mainly used to diagnose fractures and can be used to assess the healing process. Other uses for x-ray include the diagnosis of some renal stones, dislocations of joints and infection of the bone. X-rays are not good for looking at soft tissue or muscle pathology but are excellent for bony pathology.

Patients will not need any injections or previous preparation before having an x-ray. Once the patient has had their x-ray a Radiologist will make a written report which will be sent to the doctor who referred you for an x-ray.

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