You are not required to undertake any advance preparation for an X-ray. At the Clinic, you will be taken to a change room. You will be requested to remove relevant clothing and jewellery and to wear the provided examination gown. All metal objects, such as keys, clips, buttons, coins and mobile phones, must be removed from the path of the X-ray beam. Some body parts which are sensitive to radiation may be protected with a lead shield. The area to be examined will need to be exposed but the rest of you will be covered. You will be placed between an X-ray tube and an X-ray cassette and asked to lie still whilst the X-ray is taken (less than a second). You may also be asked to hold your breath.
Some X-ray procedures take a short amount of time and others may take longer depending on the complexity of the examination and the number of X-rays required. X-rays may be taken from several different angles so that the doctor can gain as much information as possible.
Female patients who know or think that they might be pregnant, must advise the radiographer of this upon arrival and before the examination. X-rays may be harmful to the unborn child. The risk of harm from a diagnostic X-ray scan in an adult is very small and balanced against the risk of not performing the scan. The information gained from an X-ray, such as an early diagnosis and treatment, may have significant health benefits.
Your X-rays will be taken by a qualified radiographer who is qualified in conducting the X-ray. Once performed, you are requested to keep your X-rays at home, stored in a flat position in a dry, cool place.
A radiologist, a medical doctor specialised in interpreting medical images for the purposes of providing a diagnosis, will then review the images and provide a formal written report. the report will be usually be ready within the next 24 hours.