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 Inform website.
Open Access X-Ray
Some x-rays can be performed at an open access clinic so you don't have to wait to be sent an appointment. If this applies to you, your doctor will tell you which hospitals offer this service and their opening hours. You will be given a request form to take with you when you attend for your x-ray.