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X-Ray

doctor examining an x-rayAn X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.

If you have an X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.

An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.

Once you have had your x-ray, the result will usually be available between one to two weeks (depending on the radiology departments work load - the radiologist will usually be able to tell you how long you will have to wait for the result). However, urgent x-ray results are prioritised and sent to your GP within one to two working days.

Please ring the surgery to get your x-ray results.

 
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