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What is an X-ray?

An X‐ray is a picture taken of the inside of the body by a machine that sends out rays of radiation energy. When these rays pass through skin and muscle they are blocked by the bones and teeth, creating shadow effects. These shadows are captured and displayed on a computer screen.

The different parts of your body have different body tissues which vary in their absorption of the x‐rays. This means bones, soft tissues and other internal features can be seen on the screen in varying shades of grey.


Please ensure the following steps are followed. They will serve to prepare you for your examination and/or procedure.

  • No appointments required for this examination
  • All items of jewellery will need to be removed as to avoid interfering with the exam