How long your examination takes depends on the complexity of the examination and the number of X-rays required. Images are usually taken from different angles to provide the radiologist and your referrer as much information as possible. When you make a booking or drop in to see us, we can give you an indication of how long your appointment will take.
Female patients who are or may be pregnant must advise the radiographer (medical imaging technologist) when they arrive, and before the examination. If you aren’t sure, a different test that doesn’t use X-rays may be recommended. If no substitute test is appropriate, then we may cancel your test until you have ascertained your pregnancy status, as X-rays may be harmful to the unborn child. The risk of harm from a diagnostic digital X-ray scan in an adult is very small, and is balanced against the risks of not performing the scan. X-rays may help achieve an early diagnosis and treatment, and may therefore have significant health benefits.
A university-qualified radiographer who is qualified in conducting the X-ray will perform your tests. Your X-rays will be stored digitally, much like images taken by a digital camera or phone camera. It is becoming more rare to print X-rays, these days, as most referrers prefer to view the images digitally.