Frequently asked questions
An X-ray is a quick and pain free medical procedure that is used to produce internal images of the human body. It is especially useful for looking at bones/fractures and can help detect various medical conditions.
X-rays work by using electromagnetic radiation to create images. The electromagnetic radiation is passed through the area of the body being investigated. Soft tissues cannot absorb the rays but dense materials can. These differences show up as white and dark areas on the X-ray.
X-rays are used for detecting bone breaks and fractures, bone cancers, arthritis, tooth decay, osteoporosis, breast tumours, blocked blood vessels, digestive issues and the detection of swallowed objects, amongst other things.
If you have an X-ray you will be exposed to radiation during the procedure. However, this is considered very safe for most adults and it is highly unlikely that it will cause any long-term damage. Pregnant women are advised not have X-rays as this could affect the foetus. If you have a broken limb, it might be uncomfortable holding this in place during the procedure.
Usually you can eat and drink as normal prior to an X-ray, but your radiographer will confirm this with you prior to the procedure. You should wear comfortable clothing and remove anything metallic such as jewellery or clothes with zips.
During an X-ray you will be asked to lie or stand against a flat surface. The radiographer will then position the area being investigated to get the best results. The X-ray machine will be moved into position and the radiographer will go behind a screen or into another room. You must stay very still during the procedure which will last just a fraction of a second. Sometimes the radiographer will move you to get images from different angles.
Pregnant women should not have X-rays unless absolutely necessary. Some X-rays use a contrast agent to highlight specific areas. This is a substance that is injected or swallowed. Some of the substances many have side effects and you should discuss any pre-existing conditions with your healthcare provider beforehand.
LycaHealth accepts cover from all major health insurance companies. However, you do not need medical insurance if you wish to self-fund your X-ray. Self-funding prices start from £50.
LycaHealth accepts referrals from doctors and other pain consultants. However, you can also self-refer and book an appointment directly through us online or on the phone.