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 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.
To have an x-ray at Ponteland Road Health Centre you must be referred by a clinician. Appointments cannot be booked for the x-ray service, it is a walk-in basis. As a result of this, if a high volume of patients come in at once there could be a long wait. Please see our opening times for more information. Once your x-ray has been taken, the images will then be viewed by a radiologist at the hospital who will then write up a report and forward this on to your GP surgery. Please contact your GP surgery for x-ray results.