X-ray is a common method of examining the inside of the body, particularly looking at bones and some soft tissues like chest and abdomen.
Are x-rays dangerous?
X-rays consist of ionising radiation which is only a threat to health when exposed to a significantly high dose. The radiation doses used in medical imaging are carefully controlled and monitored, they vary depending upon the investigation; for example the risk associated with a lumber spine x-ray is classified as very low and for a leg x-ray the risk is negligible. If you have any concerns the radiographer will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Can I have an x-ray if I am pregnant?
That depends on the stage of your pregnancy and the area to be x-rayed. The radiology team will be able to advise if you have any concerns and will take any necessary precautions to protect your unborn child. It is important to tell the radiographer you are pregnant before your examination.
Do I need to remove my clothing?
This would depend on the area of the body to be examined. For example, for a chest x-ray we would ask patients to remove all of their clothing above the waist including jewellery and bras as such items contain metal which will show on the image. You will be provided with a gown to wear.
Where can I have my X-ray?
We have plain imaging services across Gateshead, you will find them at:
- Radiology department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- QE Metro Riverside
- Blaydon Primary Care Centre
- Trinity Square Medical Centre
How do I get my results?
If your GP sent you for the x-ray the results are usually available in seven to ten days at your GP surgery and you will need to make an appointment. If you have attended for x-ray as part of a clinic appointment and are seeing the consultant or a member of their team after your x-ray the doctors will be able to access your image immediately or at your next appointment.