Walk-in X-Ray Service

No appointment needed

We now offer a walk-in service for X-Rays in Canary Wharf and Orpington. There will be a maximum waiting time of around 30 minutes for your scan, which is available at the following times:

Monday to Friday      Canary Wharf: 8.30am to 5.00pm      Orpington: 8.00am to 5.00pm


Whether you’re coming to us for bone or joint abnormalities, for a heart condition, soft tissue density changes or fluid in your lungs, an x-ray can help to investigate your problem further. Often in the healthcare system, you’re waiting weeks, and even months to have an x-ray. During that time you could be in serious discomfort, and it’s natural to be worried about your diagnosis and the next steps. Here at Lyca Health, we offer an efficient and state of the art x-ray service in London, helping you to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible. Find out more about our private x-ray service in London, and how we may be able to help you below.

Available at the following clinics

Canary Wharf

0207 132 1440

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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01689 490 111

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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What is an x-ray?

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, even to do with the heart and soft tissues. We have a team of highly skilled radiographers who have been specially trained to carry out x-rays in the most effective way.

What can x-rays help to diagnose?

Our private x-ray service in London can help to detect the following:

  • Bone breaks and fractures
  • Bone cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Tooth decay, loose teeth and dental abscesses
  • Osteoporosis
  • Breast tumours
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Digestion issues
  • Detection of swallowed objects, as well as swallowing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Bone tumours (cancerous and non-cancerous)

If an issue you would like detecting or investigating isn’t listed above, please get in touch with our team where we’ll be happy to offer you some more information, and advise whether an x-ray is the best service for you.

How does an x-ray work?

X-rays work by using electromagnetic radiation to create images, you won’t be able to see or feel the x-ray. 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. Bones, which are denser, will show up as white whereas your heart, much softer, will show up much darker.

How to prepare for your x-ray

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. You should also inform us beforehand if you are pregnant, as generally it isn’t recommended for pregnant women unless it is an emergency.

What happens during your x-ray?

During an x-ray, you will be asked to lie or stand against a flat surface. Our radiographer will then position the area of your body that is 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.

Generally, the x-ray procedure will be over within a couple of minutes, so after that, you are free to get on with your day! Here at Lyca Health, we strive to offer an efficient service that provides accurate results. With flexible appointment times to best work around you, your private x-ray in London will make as little disruption to your day as possible.

Risks associated with x-rays?

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 to 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.

Why choose Lyca Health for your private x-ray

Why should you choose Lyca Health for your private x-ray in London?

  • Central locations, and out of central London locations to best suit your needs
  • State of the art x-ray equipment, able to identify conditions accurately and effectively
  • Access to highly skilled radiographers and healthcare professionals
  • We’re committed to providing the highest levels of care
  • Flexible appointment times to work around your schedule

How to get a private x-ray without a referral

Are you wondering if you can book a private x-ray without a referral? The answer is yes! LycaHealth is now accepting self-referrals from new and existing patients, enabling you to access exceptional healthcare when you need it most. To get an x-ray without a referral, head over to our self-referral page to book your private x-ray with us today!

You can email us, use our online contact form or give us a call. Whichever works best for you.

The x-ray will only take a couple of minutes.

No, there is no need to worry about your x-ray you won’t feel a thing. The only time you may experience some discomfort is when the radiographer is putting you into position. How much does a private x-ray cost? Get in touch with us to find out how much your x-ray will cost.

Lyca Health accepts cover from all major health insurance companies. However, you do not need medical insurance if you wish to self-fund your x-ray.

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.

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