X-Rays and Ultrasound Scans
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. Ultrasound scans can also provide a picture of the body's internal organs to help diagnose diseases such as gallstones or kidney problems.
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.
The Treatment Centre at St Mary's hospital offers a walk in service for most of the common x-rays we request. You will always need a request form from a doctor. We also refer to the Treatment Centre for routine ultrasound scans. These can also be arranged at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. Your doctor will discuss where best to arrange any investigation with you during your appointment.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.