We provide x-rays at our centres in South Manchester, Sussex and Surrey.

Our team are experts in their field, with all of our scans being reported by UK-based FRCR accredited Radiologists.

X-ray scans normally take between five to ten minutes in total to complete with the process of taking an image only taking a matter of seconds.

We are accredited by all major insurers and offer a fast turnaround time to Private Patients.

These services are available from a range of locations to self-funding, privately insured and NHS patients.

What is an X-Ray?

An X-ray is a very common imaging examination used to diagnose a vast range of conditions. It works by using radiation to produce images. The radiation passes through the body and is picked up by a detector that pieces an image together.

They are carried out in a safe and controlled environment.

Information for patients having an X-Ray

The radiology department may also be called the x-ray or imaging department. It is the facility in the hospital where radiological examinations of patients are carried out using a range of x-ray equipment.

Radiologists are doctors specially trained to interpret the images and carry out more complex examinations. They are supported by radiographers (technologists) who are trained to carry out x-rays and other imaging procedures.

What is an x-ray?

An image of the internal structures of the body produced by exposure to a controlled source of x-rays, kept in digital form and displayed on a computer screen.

Do I need to make any special preparations?

No. However, please notify the radiology department if you have had a similar x-ray recently or if you are a woman who is or might be pregnant.

Can I bring a relative/friend?

Yes. Only in special circumstances, or in the case of young children, will they be permitted to accompany you into the actual x-ray room.

When you arrive

Please report to the reception desk in the radiology department.

Upon collection

The radiographer will explain the imaging procedure and show you to a private cubicle if you need to remove your garments. You may be asked to put on a gown and dressing gown if provided.

Who will I see?

You will be cared for by a radiographer and your images will be examined and reported on by the radiologist.

What happens during the x-ray?

You may be taken into the x-ray room where you will be asked to lie on a couch or stand against the x-ray equipment. You will be asked to stay still and sometimes to take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds.

Will it be uncomfortable?


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

NHS website
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Further information:

This leaflet tells you about having an x-ray.

Making an Appointment

Scans for NHS Patients

If you are an NHS Patient and would like to have a scan with us you will need to request a referral to us from your GP.

Booking a Private Scan

We offer fast access, expert led MRI services to both self pay and privately insured patients.

Typically a private patient can be seen within 1 – 2 days with their images reported and sent back to the referrer 1 – 2 days after the scan has taken place.

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our specialists you can do so by completing our appointment request form or by calling us on 0203 519 8998 to book a scan in London, 0161 738 1740 to book a scan in Stockport, 01932 504999 to book for Surrey or 01293 534 043 for Sussex.

To have a scan with us you will need a written referral from a healthcare professional. This can be your Consultant, GP, Osteopath or Physiotherapist. If you do not have a referral please call our team and they will be happy to discuss your options.