doctor examining an x-rayAn 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 pneumonia or breast cancer.

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 and ultrasound 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.

If your GP has requested that you have an x-ray you should attend one of the centres below. Please be aware that you may need to wait to be seen depending on the number of other patients waiting.

Unless your GP has made an urgent request you should allow at least 24 hours before attending the x-ray department to leave time for the request to arrive.

Nearby X-Ray Centres - Open Monday to Friday

Lauriston Building 8.30am - 4pm (0131 536 2942)

Western General Hospital Main Dept 8am - 5pm  (0131 537 2054)


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