An x-ray is a quick way to take a picture of the inside of your body. It helps doctors to find out more about your health problems, and to decide if more tests are needed. An x-ray is a relatively simple procedure that may take anywhere between five and 30 minutes depending on how many images are required.


Are x-rays safe?

X-rays use ionising radiation to produce a picture and every exposure to radiation carries a risk. When deciding whether or not to send you for an x-ray your doctor or referring practitioner will balance the risk of having the x-ray with benefit of making the right diagnosis.

There is also risk of damage to the unborn child. If you are, or think there is a chance that you could be pregnant, please inform the radiographer before your examination

At Practice Plus Group Hospital, Shepton Mallet and Shepton Mallet Community Hospital our radiographers follow strict procedures to ensure that the dose to a patient is as low as reasonably achievable whilst image quality is optimised to obtain a diagnostic image. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the latest guidance from the British Institute of Radiology to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patient’s and carers

Our radiographer’s are able to discuss any concerns you may have regarding radiation dose received during an x-ray and the latest guidance on the use of patient contact shielding.


How do I prepare?

No specific preparation is required for an x-ray however you may be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove jewellery from the area that is being x-rayed.


What can you x-ray?

We are able to undertake x-rays of the following body areas:

All referrals are triaged by a radiographer and will only be accepted if sufficient information is provided in order that the radiographers are able to justify against the Royal College of Radiologists guidelines. Any incomplete referrals or referrals with insufficient information will be sent back to referrer.


How do I get the results of my x-ray?

Your images will be reviewed by our experienced consultant radiologist and we will send the results back to your referrer within 7 to 10 days