What happens after an X-ray

You won't experience any after effects from a standard X-ray and will be able to go home shortly afterwards. You canreturn toyour normal activities straight away.

You may have some temporary side effects from the contrast agent if one was used during your X-ray.

For example, barium can turn your poo a whitish colour for a few days and an injection given to relax your stomach beforethe X-raymay cause your eyesight to be blurry for a few hours. Some peopledevelop a rash or feel sick after having an iodine injection.

The X-rayimages will often need to be examined by a doctor called a radiologist before you're told the results. They may discuss their findings with you on the same day, or they may send a report to your GP or the doctor who requested the X-ray, who can discuss the results with you a few days later.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018