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 a 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.

If you have been referred for an x-ray the local hospitals provide an open access services where you can attend the Radiology Department anytime during the times listed below:

Monklands Hospital    Monday - Friday    9.00am - 5.00pm

Wishaw Hospital        Monday - Friday    9.00am - 7.30pm

Hairmyres Hospital    Monday - Friday    9.00am - 5.00pm

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