An X-ray is a quick procedure that is used to produce images of the structures inside your body in order to diagnose and treat medical conditions. X-rays can be used to look at bones, lungs and bowels, as well as other things which may be inside the body such as joint replacements or kidney stones.


Generally there is no preparation required for an x-ray examination.

In some instances, you may be asked to change into an examination gown to ensure that your clothing does not affect the quality of the x-ray images. You may also be asked to remove items such as eyeglasses, jewellery and any other metal objects.


Depending on the part of the body that is being x-rayed, the x-ray examination may generally take around 10-15 minutes.