How long will it take?
The process of taking the image will last only a few seconds, but the radiographer may need to take further x-rays in different positions. This usually takes no more than 5–10 minutes. Your total time in the department should be about 20 minutes.
Are there any risks?
There are risks involved with x-rays, but a plain x-ray uses a small amount of radiation, equivalent to that which we all receive from the atmosphere over a period of 2 or 3 days.
Female patients who are, or might be pregnant, must inform the radiographer before the x-ray.
Are there any side-effects?
None at all.
When will I get the results?
The images will be examined after your visit and a written report on the findings will be sent to your referring clinician.
We hope your questions have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion about your examination.
Make sure you are satisfied that you have received enough information about the procedure, before you consent to the examination.
Other sources of Information
Royal College of Radiologists
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