An x-ray is a commonly used diagnostic test. It is an effective method of examining and identifying potential bone, joint or soft tissue (including organs) injuries or conditions.

At Medical Imaging Partnership we have a huge amount of experience in delivering x-rays.



An x-ray is a commonly used diagnostic test. It is an effective method of examining and identifying potential bone, joint or soft tissue (including organs) injuries or conditions.

At Medical Imaging Partnership we have a huge amount of experience in delivering x-rays.

X-ray FAQs

You may have concerns or questions about having an X-ray at Medical Imaging Partnership and we have produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions which we hope you will find useful and will help you feel confident and comfortable.

They are not designed to replace an informed discussion with your own Clinician before your appointment. However, we will be able to answer any questions or concerns about the x-ray when you arrive for your appointment.

An x-ray is a widely used diagnostic test. It is an effective way of examining the internal structures of the body and can be used to help detect a range of conditions or monitor against existing conditions.

An x-ray is of a type of radiation known as ionising radiation. The dose that you get from a medical x-ray is very low and the associated risks are minimal. The radiation from an x-ray is equivalent to that which we all receive from the atmosphere over a period of 2-3 days. The radiographer is responsible for making sure that your dose is kept as low as possible and that the benefits of having the x-ray outweigh any risk.

It is important to tell your referring Clinician and the radiographer if there is any possibility that you are pregnant as radiation can be harmful for an unborn baby.

Please inform the radiographer if you have had a similar x-ray recently. Each x-ray request will be checked by the radiographer to make sure it is properly justified and necessary.

You do not need to prepare for a routine x-ray at Medical Imaging Partnership. However, you may be asked to remove items of clothing or remove any jewellery that may interfere with the x-ray, for example, necklaces for chest x-rays, rings for hand x-rays.

Yes, subject to infection control restrictions. However, for safety reasons, they will not be able to accompany you into the x-ray room, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Please follow the arrival instructions in your appointment confirmation letter.

During your appointment, you will be looked after by a small, specialised team, led by a radiographer who will carry out the x-ray.

The radiographer will ask you to confirm some details, including your identity and that you are happy for the x-ray to go ahead. This is a form of verbal consent and may only involve the radiographer checking you are booked for the correct x-ray. For more information about Informed Consent please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/consent-to-treatment/

If you do not wish to have the x-ray or are undecided, please discuss it with the radiographer – they can answer any questions you may have.

Once in the x-ray room you will be advised on the position required for the examination. You may be asked to lie on the table or stand against the equipment so that the part of your body being examined is in the correct position.

The radiographer will stand behind a screen to take the x-ray.

You will need to stay still so the image is not blurred, but you will not feel anything and should feel quite comfortable.

The x-ray itself will only take 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 appointment from start to finish is likely to be about 15 minutes.

X-rays provide such a low dose of radiation that they are not believed to cause any immediate health problems.

Yes, you can eat and drink as normal.

The radiographer will not be able to give you any results at the time of your appointment. After the scan, the images will be examined by the radiologist who is responsible for producing a written report on their findings to send to your referring Clinician. Our radiologists are all qualified doctors and specialise in specific body areas, giving you, and your referring clinician confidence in the accuracy of your report.

Making an appointment

X-rays for NHS patients 

If you are an NHS patient and are having an X-ray at a Medical Imaging Partnership site or centre, you will need a referral from your GP or healthcare specialist.

Please contact our referral team on 01243 534 043 if your GP has given you a reference number to make a booking. Otherwise, we will be in touch when we have received your referral centrally.

Medical Imaging Partnership also works in partnership with a number of NHS providers supporting them in the delivery of their diagnostic requests. They may have transferred your care to us and we will be in touch with you to arrange a convenient time, date and location for us to undertake your investigation.

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Booking an appointment for a private X-ray 

We can offer x-rays to patients with private medical insurance, or those who wish to self-pay.

Appointments for a private x-ray at Medical Imaging Partnership are available at short notice and reports are usually turned around within 24-48 hours.

If you would like to make an appointment for a private x-ray, please click and complete the ‘Request An Appointment’ form or call us on 01293 534 043.

To arrange an x-ray with Medical Imaging Partnership you will need written referral from a healthcare professional. If you do not have a referral, please contact our team who will be happy to discuss your options.

    General Enquiry and Appointment Form

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    Medical Imaging Partnership Ltd.
    Unit 7, The Pavilions, Brighton Road, Pease Pottage, Crawley,
    West Sussex RH11 9BJ