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X-ray

An X-ray is an image of the internal structures of your body. We use X-rays at our campus to help our consultants or other medical professions to detect possible conditions.

How taking X-rays of certain body parts can help our consultant to help you

X-rays can help detect a range of problems, mainly conditions involving bone. It can also be useful in detecting conditions affecting soft tissue (organs, muscles).

We undertake X-ray procedures at London Bridge Hospital for various reasons and conditions. Examples are:

  • Osteoporosis or bone fractures
  • Dental conditions like impacted wisdom teeth and abscesses (OPG)
  • Scoliosis (curved spine)
  • Lung x-rays (pneumonia, prolonged coughing, some cancers, COPD, bronchitis,TB and heart failure)
  • Any skeletal images if bone tumours are suspected
  • Fluoroscopy imaging for the urinary tract, small and large bowel, oesophagus, female reproductive system, block salivary glands (sialogram), rectal and anal canal (proctogram).
  • Pre and post-operative imaging for hip or knee replacements

 

Understanding the X-ray procedure

Taking an x-ray is painless. X-rays are a type of radiation; they pass through the body and are not visible to the naked eye. You don’t need to make an appointment for most plain x-rays. Fluoroscopy imaging needs to be booked as it involves a specialist Radiologist as well. Most x-ray procedures are quick, 5-15 minutes. Fluoroscopy procedures may take a bit longer 15-30 minutes. The actual exposure to radiation is milliseconds.

The x-ray will be taken in either the standing, sitting or lying down position, depending on the body part that is being imaged. The radiographer will direct the X-ray machine at the appropriate area of interest. He or she might use some medical accessories in helping them with positioning you. You will need to keep very still during the process and for certain x-rays to hold your breath so the image produced is not blurred.

Apart from some fluoroscopy procedures, no preparation needs to be done before an X-ray, so you can still eat and drink as normal. It is also not recommended for pregnant women to have an X-ray, unless it is an emergency. If you suspect you might be pregnant discuss with your referring doctor what other options you have.

There are no dress requirements and you will be given a gown to change into if necessary. For some examinations you will need to remove your jewellery.

Why use X-ray services at London Bridge Hospital

World-leading radiographers and quality care – Your X–ray will be performed by our highly experienced and qualified radiographers. All radiographers are HPC-registered (Health & Care Professions Council) as required by law. At London Bridge Hospital, all imaging is reported by a speciality radiologist. Our radiologists are from top teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom. They will provide your referring doctor with a diagnosis and information to decide on your further treatment. During your time with us, our highly-skilled team will make sure you receive the best quality of care throughout.

Cutting-edge X-ray technology – The X-ray services at London Bridge represent the latest technology in the field. We can detect and diagnose conditions quickly and accurately, helping to provide you with the treatment you need rapidly and conveniently.

Quick treatment for an ideal outcome – If you need an appointment for an examination we will aim to give you one on the same day or a day convenient to you. For non-appointment x-rays we provide a walk in service within our opening hours. Our hardworking team does its best to make sure the process happens quickly, so we can focus on providing the best outcome to get you living a healthy life, whether that involves an efficient treatment programme for you or just giving you peace of mind.

To find out more about our X-ray services at London Bridge Hospital Imaging, or to book an appointment with us, email or call 020 3733 5027 to get in touch with a member of our leading team.

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