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What is an X-Ray?

An X-Ray is a test which is used to produce images of tissues, bones and organs.

Is it safe?

There are risks associated with X-Rays, but a standard test uses such a small amount of radiation that this risk is very small.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

Yes, but they will only be allowed into the X-Ray room in special circumstances due to safety reasons. Children will not be allowed in the X-Ray room whilst you are having the examination, so you will need to make arrangements for them before your appointment.

Do I need an injection?

No, you will not need an injection for a standard X-Ray examination.

What do I need to do before the X-Ray?

For most X-Ray examinations there is no preparation required and you may continue to eat, drink and take your medication as normal.

If any preparation is required, or if you are having a fluoroscopy examination, you will be given information prior to your appointment.

Please contact us before your X-Ray appointment if you:

  • Are, or think you may be, pregnant.
  • Have a disability or special needs (for example – if you need wheelchair access, you are hard of hearing or have poor eyesight).
  • Have had a similar examination within the last 6 months.
  • Have any other questions or concerns.

What happens during my appointment?

When you arrive at Clemenceau Medical Center, please go to the main reception desk on the ground floor where you will be registered, and insurance or payment details taken. If you are covered by insurance, please bring your insurance membership number and authorisation code with you. Once complete, you will be directed to the Radiology Department reception, located on the Second Floor.

A Radiographer will explain the procedure and you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. All jewellery and metal objects must be removed from the area being examined and will be kept in an allocated locker.

Will I be comfortable?

You will not feel any pain and apart from having to stay still for a short while during the examination you will not experience any discomfort.

What happens during the X-Ray?

We will ask you to stand against an X-Ray panel, sit on a chair or lie on the X-Ray table depending on which part of your body is being examined.

You will need to remain very still and possibly hold your breath. The X-Ray will only take a few minutes, although the Radiographer will check the images and may need to take further images in different positions. Your entire appointment should take no longer than an hour.

What happens after my X-Ray?

After your X-Ray you can eat and drink normally and perform all of your usual daily tasks, including driving and returning to work.

Are there any side-effects?

There are no known side-effects from having an X-Ray.

When will I get the results?

After your X-Ray is complete, the Radiographer will tell you how long it will take for your images to be checked and analysed by a Radiologist and the report sent to your Doctor or Consultant. If you do not have an appointment to get the results you should contact your Doctor or Consultant to arrange one.

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