Introduction

The Rutherford Diagnostics Centres house some of the most sophisticated and accurate diagnostic imaging technology available and our experienced team are passionate about the service they provide to patients and clinicians.

Patients and clinicians using Rutherford Diagnostics can expect a first-class, rapid diagnostic service with same-day appointment availability.

If your consultant/clinician/specialist has requested that you undergo an X-ray examination. This webpage is designed to give you some information about the procedure, to help you prepare for your X-ray appointment and to give you some idea of what to expect when you attend.

A radiographer is responsible for ensuring your safety, comfort and care during the X-ray examination and will be present to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Our diagnostic imaging services are accessible to self-pay patients, private patients under medical insurance (subject to authorisation) and NHS patients who are treated under our contract to Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

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What is an X-ray?

Your consultant/clinician has requested an X-ray examination to help diagnose and treat you more effectively. The most common types of X-rays are of the bones and joints, chest, teeth and abdomen (tummy). A radiographer operating the X-ray machine directs a beam of X-rays through the part of the body being examined.

Before your X-ray

When you arrive at the centre you should report to the reception desk where your personal details will be checked to ensure that our records are accurate and up to date. For the majority of X-ray examinations, no special preparation is required, although you may be asked to change into a gown or scrubs. You may also be asked to remove some items of jewellery. Please let us know if you have had a similar X-ray recently.

Pregnancy

If you think you may be pregnant it is very important that you tell the radiographer before your X-ray examination. This is because X-rays may harm your unborn baby for some examinations. From the information you give us, we will then decide if there is cause for the X-ray examination to be postponed, or if it is safe to continue.

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What happens during the X-ray?

The radiographer will call you into the X-ray room and explains the examination to you. You will either stand, sit, or lie down for your X-ray, depending on the part of your body being examined.

The radiographer will make you as comfortable as possible, but will need to position you accurately for the X-ray. You will need to remain as still as possible while the X-ray is being taken and you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds for some examinations. The radiographer will stand being a see-through glass screen, with lead in it to protect them, whilst the X-ray is taken but they will be able to see and hear you at all times.

An X-ray does not hurt- you will not feel or see anything, although the X-ray machine does make some noise. After the X-ray has been taken you may be asked to wait for a short time o that the radiographer can check that they have all the information that they need. Further X-rays may be needed in different positions. Your X-ray examination will usually take no more than 5-10 minutes. There are no immediate after-effects from an X-ray and you will be able to return to your normal daily activities after the examination.

What if I have any concerns or questions about my X-ray?

If you have any questions about your X-ray, please ask a member of staff. We will do everything we can to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

When will I get the results?

You will not normally get the results of the X-ray at the time of the examination. A radiologist (a doctor who is specially trained to interpret X-ray images) will issue a report on the findings. The radiographer will let you know when you will receive your results.

Can you make it?

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your X-ray examination, are unable to attend your appointment, or wish to amend the appointment time, then please contact us by telephone as soon as possible.

Our phone lines are open 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday.

Our contact telephone number is: 01633 973 250

Further information

If you would like to know more about X-ray examinations, please download our patient guide

The core imaging services Rutherford Diagnostics provides includes:

Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan

CT

A computerised tomography (CT) scan can be used to diagnose and guide treatment, using x-rays to create images of the inside of the body.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan

MRI

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound

An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the body inside, this can be used to diagnose or guide treatment.

Digital X-ray

X-ray

Projection imaging, otherwise known as digital x-ray, creates two-dimensional images of the body at a particular moment in time.