doctor examining an x-ray An 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 a 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 .

If you are advised to have an X-ray the doctor will give you a form or advise which hospital to attend. You must attend the walk in X-ray service within 28 days. 

These are open Mon-Fri 09.00 - 16.30 (except public holidays). 

Your results will be sent to the practice, usually within 7 days. 

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