X-Rays are often performed as the first line investigation in many conditions. This is divided into “plain film” (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 individual still pictures are recorded.
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 with the images interpreted by the Radiologist.
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.
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.
In general, radiation exposure does carry a slight risk of causing cancer but the doses involved with X-Ray given are small and depending on the type of X-Ray are often only slightly more than the daily exposure to background radiation.