Your doctor will advise you if you need an x-ray. You will be informed about how to make the appointment and where to make the appointment.
An 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 your 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-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.
To attend a test of any kind, you will need to submit a request on eConsult. When you attend your test, you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. The test results can be viewed on eConsult under the Admin Tab.