X-Ray, Ultrasound scans, CT and MRI scans

X-ray, Ultrasound scans, CT & MRI 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 internal organs.

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, ultrasound scanners, CT and MRI scanners.

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website – x-rays (click here), ultrasound scans (click here), CT scans (click here) and MRI (click here

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