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 pneumonia or breast cancer.

If you have an X-Ray, you will be asked to lay on a table or stand against a surgace so that the part of your body being X-Rayed is between the X-Ray tube and 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 bout X-Ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.

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