X-ray is an imaging technique that is used to show up abnormalities in bones and certain body tissue, such as breast tissue. X-rays usually use low amounts of radiation, so the risk to your health is very small.


X-rays show images of abnormalities that cannot be seen from outside the body, such as broken bones (fractures) or shadows on the lungs.


Depending on what type you’re having, an x-ray should take 15-30 minutes and is carried out by a radiographer. The Horder Centre’s consultant radiologist will provide the results.

You’ll be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so the part of your body being x-rayed is between the x-ray source and a drawer containing film. The part of your body is exposed to x-rays for a fraction of a second, the x-rays hit the film, which is then developed.

If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your scan. If you are diabetic please tell the radiology department.


Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within two days of your x-ray.