X-rays are used to produce images of the inside of the body and are used particularly to check bones for fractures and infection; joints for damage or inflammation and soft tissues and organs for signs of disease.
The Montefiore has invested in 2 state-of-the-art Digital X Ray rooms, one for standard X-ray and another for Fluoroscopy. This machine produces highly detailed and accurate images. X-rays are commonly performed and for standard diagnostic X-rays there are no known harmful side-effects of complications. The level of exposure to radiation varies depending on the part of the body being examined but is similar to that received naturally from the environment over a period of between three and seven days.
X-rays are routinely carried out as an out-patient procedure and we aim to coincide with consultant appointments. Depending on the part of the body needing to be examined, patients will either lie on a bed or be positioned against a frame or part of the X-ray machine. The examination usually takes between five and ten minutes.