Spire Manchester Hospital’s diagnostic tests are performed by highly trained and experienced technicians in a clean and comfortable environment. All our nurses and technicians have been chosen not just for their professional skills, but also for their commitment to providing high levels of personal care to all our patients.
We have a full range of state of the art equipment including dental, OPG X Rays and whole spine imaging systems.
We are constantly working to improve and expand our services and have recently invested in a film-less system allowing our Consultants to view scans and X-Rays digitally which speeds up the process of diagnosis and treatment providing each patient with the best care possible.
Read more about the Radiology department and diagnostic imaging services offered at Spire Manchester Hospital here.
What is an X-ray?
An X-ray is a quick and painless method used to diagnose many health conditions. The procedure involves exposing part of your body to a small dose of ionising radiation (X-rays).
X-rays can take images of any bone in the body and are also used to look at the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
X-rays travel through your body where they are absorbed at different levels by different tissues such as bones, muscles and organs. When the X-rays come out on the other side of your body they hit a photographic film and make a pattern of light and shade.
The images produced are black, white and grey. They are either stored on film or kept in a digital format and shown on a computer screen.
X-rays can be used to look at bones, joints and soft tissues. They can be used to check:
- bones for fractures or infection
- joints for damage or inflammation
- soft tissues and organs for signs of disease
Having an X-ray
The radiographer will position you on a table in an X-ray room. They will then place a film holder or digital recording plate under the area that’s being X-rayed.
The radiographer will then walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the X-ray machine. The whole procedure is painless and is usually completed within five to ten minutes.