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 will have to wait for your x-ray to be assessed by the radiographer before getting the results of your test. A typed report will be sent to your Doctor but it can be about 10 days before your report is received at the practice so please leave sufficient time before contacting us for the result.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.