Duringan X-ray, you'll usually be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surfacesothat the part of your body being examinedcan be positioned in the right place.
The X-ray machine, which looks like a tube containing a large light bulb, will be carefully aimed at the part of the body being examined by the radiographer. They willoperate the machine from behind a screen or from the next room.
The X-ray will last for a fraction of a second.You won't feel anything while it's carried out.
While the X-ray is being taken, you'll need to keep still so the image producedisn't blurred. More than one X-ray may be taken from different angles toprovide as muchinformation as possible
Theprocedure will usually only take a few minutes.
In some cases, asubstance called a contrast agent may be given before an X-ray is carried out. This can help show soft tissues more clearly on the X-ray.
Types of X-rays involving a contrast agent include:
These types of X-rays may need special preparation beforehand and will usually take longer to carry out.Your appointment letter will mention anything you need to do to prepare.
Read about how X-rays work, why they're used, what happens before, during and after an X-ray, and what the risks are.
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Duringan X-ray, you'll usually be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surfacesothat the part of your body being examinedcan be positioned in the right place. The X-ray machine, which look
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