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 an x-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface, so that the part of the 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-rays tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks, by visiting the NHS website - Xray information

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