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doctor examining an x-rayAn X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.

If you have an X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.

An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS website.

Where can I have a X-Ray?

St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, CM16 6TN

X-ray: Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, CM20 1QX

X-ray: Monday to Friday 8am to 9am and 2pm to 7.45pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 1pm

Herts & Essex Hospital, Bishop Stortford, CM23 5JH

X-ray: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm

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