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Hospital Tests

Sometimes if you are referred to the Hospital, the Consultant or Specialist who sees you may request further tests, such as an X-Ray or an MRI.

The test result will be sent directly back to the Consultant or Specialist who requested the test, so please contact the Hospital directly to find out the results.


X-Ray

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.

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

It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.


Chest X-Rays

In a small number of cases where you have had a chest x-ray, the specialist who looks at your x-ray result may feel that more detailed images are required, and you may be recalled for a CT scan.

In this situation, the Hospital will contact you by telephone a few days after your x-ray to arrange the CT scan.

Your CT scan will be reported by a specialist, and the results will be sent back to your GP for further action.

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