X-Ray / General Radiology

A young Patient having an x-ray of the leg.

A young Patient having an x-ray of the leg

A normal chest x-ray.

What is it?

General Radiology covers the basic investigations often performed as the first line in investigating a condition. This is divided into “plain films” (x-ray images of the chest, abdomen, skull, joints or long bones) or more specialist fluoroscopic examinations such as barium swallows and adjustment of gastric banding devices. Fluoroscopy refers to a technique where real time moving x-ray images can be watched and then individual still pictures are recorded.

Who will perform my test?

Plain x-rays will be performed by one of our team of highly trained technicians or radiographers. The images generated will then be interpreted by a Consultant Radiologist and a report issued to your GP or Consultant.

Specialist fluoroscopic examinations will be performed by a combination of Radiographer and Consultant Radiologist.

What is it used for?

Plain x-rays typically are used as the first line investigation of many conditions. Fluoroscopic examinations are predominantly used for looking at various aspects of the bowel and its function. These include: barium swallows (oesophagus), barium meals (stomach), barium follow through (small bowel), barium enema (large bowel).  We also perform assessment of the pelvic floor function and adjustments of gastric banding devices.

What do I need to do before my test?

Typically plain x-rays require no special preparation. Some fluoroscopic studies require specific preparation. You will be informed of any preparation required at the time of your booking.

Are there any risks?

Radiation exposure does carry a slight risk of causing cancer but the doses given are very small and often only slightly more than the daily exposure to background radiation. For further information please click here.