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X-ray imaging

X-ray is an imaging technique that is used to show up abnormalities in bones and certain body tissue, such as breast tissue. Book your appointment online today.

What is an X-ray?

X-ray is an imaging technique that is used to show up abnormalities in bones and certain body tissue, such as breast tissue. X-rays usually use low amounts of radiation, so the risk to your health is very small.

What are the benefits of an X-ray? 

They show images of abnormalities that cannot be seen from outside the body, such as broken bones (fractures) or shadows on the lungs.

How does an X-ray work? 

Depending on what type you’re having, an X-ray should take 15-30 minutes and is carried out by a radiographer. A consultant radiologist will provide the results.

You’ll be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray source and a drawer containing film. The part of your body is exposed to X-rays for a fraction of a second, the X-rays hit the film, which is then developed.

If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your scan.

For more information, and if you have any queries about the procedure, speak to your consultant.

Continue taking your normal medication unless you are told otherwise.

If you are diabetic please tell the radiology department.

It’s helpful if you bring any previous X-rays with you.

When will I get my X-ray results? 

Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within two days of your X-ray. 

How can I book an X-ray ?

An X-ray is something that will be recommended by your Consultant, at which point our team will arrange an appointment for you. 
If you think you may need an X-ray and you aren’t speaking to one of our Consultants yet, book an initial consultation using our online booking portal. If you need an X-ray, they will arrange it for you. 

Paying for your procedure

X-ray costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the consultant radiologist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

Specialists offering X-ray imaging

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Dr Chris Meaden

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MA (Cantab), BM BCh (Oxon), MD, FRCP

The Lancaster Hospital

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Mr Alan Howieson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MRCS, FRCS Ed (Trauma & Ortho), MSc, Dip Sports & Exercise Medicine

Kings Park Hospital

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Prof YKS Viswanath

Professor of Surgery / Consultant Upper GI / Laparoscopic Surgeon

MBBS, MS, FRCS(Glsg.), FRCS (Gen.Surg.)

Woodlands Hospital 1 more The Duchy Hospital

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Dr Simon Dubrey

Consultant Cardiologist


Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Mukul Agarwal

Musculoskeletal & Sports Physician

FFSEM, MRCP, JCPTGP, MA(Cantab), Dip Sport & Exer Med, DTM&H

The Blackheath Hospital

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Prof Hector Chinoy

Consultant Rheumatologist / Professor of Rheumatology and Neuromuscular Disease


The Alexandra Hospital

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