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 a 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.
NEW PILOT OF FASTER CHEST X-RAY SERVICE FOR PATIENTS
From Monday 3rd June 2019 United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will be piloting a Faster chest X-ray service at Lincoln County Hospital which offers patients their chest X-ray results STRAIGHT away.
Patients will get their X-ray results the same day and if the results show any abnormalities, patients will have a CT SCAN within 48 hours. The patient and referring GP will be notified of outcomes.
Routine/ non-urgent will be referred back to the GP, however a further routine appointment or a CT scan can be requested if the GP feels this is required.
You can read more about this service on the Hospital's leaflet:
ULHT Faster Chest X-ray Service