Having an X-ray

X-ray imaging is a long-established diagnostic tool used to produce images of tissues, bones and organs. It’s been in widespread use for many years.

X ray diagnosis of physical conditions isn’t just available via the NHS. A private X ray in London at the state of the art Alliance Medical is available to anyone.

Important things to tell us

It’s important to tell us before if you:

  • are (or might be) pregnant; or
  • have had a similar X-ray within the previous six months.

Before you arrive

  • Please let us know if you have any disabilities so that we can ensure we are able to offer you the highest quality service
  • Please confirm your appointment by phone 24 hours before your scan and arrive in plenty of time.
  • You’re welcome to bring a friend or a relative with you, but for safety reasons we won’t normally allow them into the examination room.
  • Don’t forget to bring your appointment letter with you

Preparation for the X-ray

  • Once you’ve checked in at reception, a member of the radiography team will meet you, explain the procedure, go through your safety questionnaire with you and ask you to sign a consent form. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions
  • We might ask you to change into a hospital gown. We’ll give you a container to keep your clothes and personal belongings safe.
  • Throughout the procedure you will be looked after by the radiography team– and they will explain what’s happening.

During the X-ray

  • The examination should take no more than a few minutes.
  • The radiographer operating the equipment will be able to see and hear you throughout the procedure.
  • We'll ask you to stay very still and we might ask you to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
  • For safety reasons, we won’t normally allow anyone accompanying you to come into the examination room whilst you are having your x ray.
  • You won’t feel anything and there is no discomfort

After the X-ray

  • There are no restrictions on normal activity, you can eat and drink normally, drive and return to work immediately after the x ray.
  • A radiologist will examine the images shortly after your visit and send a report to your doctor or consultant, normally within a few days.
  • For ethical and professional reasons, we cannot discuss results with you. Only your doctor or consultant can do this.

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