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An x-ray is a picture of the internal structures of the body produced by exposure to a controlled source of x-rays and kept in digital form and shown on a computer screen.
There are risks involved with x-rays, but a plain x-ray uses a small amount of radiation, equivalent to that which we all receive from the atmosphere over a period of 2 or 3 days.
Female patients who are or might be pregnant must inform the radiographer, who will cover the lower abdomen or pelvis with a lead apron, as the foetus is more sensitive to radiation.
Please tell the radiology department if you have had a similar X-ray recently or if you are a woman who is or might be pregnant.
You will be taken into the x-ray room where you will stand against a frame or asked to sit or lie down on a table. Although the radiographer will go behind a screen, you will be seen and heard at all times.
You will be asked to stay still and sometimes to take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds.
You will be cared for by a Radiographer and your images will be examined and reported on by a Consultant Radiologist.
The images will be examined after your visit and a written report on the findings sent to your GP.