The Radiographer will explain the procedure for your examination, and may instruct you to undress and put on a gown, depending on the type of X-ray you are having.
It is vital that patients inform the Radiographer if they are or might be pregnant.
Normally two x-rays are taken, one from the front and one from the side.
You will be taken into the X-ray room. Depending on the type of X-ray the doctor has asked us to perform will determine how we position you for your X-ray examination.
The X-ray machine will be moved over the part of you which is to be examined. It will not touch you at all and will be at least 100cm from you. Once the X-ray machine is in position it is important that you keep very still. The Radiographer will then stand behind a lead screen.
Although the radiographer will stand behind a screen while the X-ray is taken, you will be seen and heard at all times should you have a problem. You will be asked to remain still and you may have to hold your breath for a few seconds. You might hear a slight whirring noise from the machine when the X-ray is being taken, which is quite normal.
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