An 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.
Opening times for Ilkeston Hospital and Ripley Hospital x-ray departments are as follows:
ILKESTON - Chest x-rays only - Monday to Friday - 9:00am-12:00midday & 2:00pm - 4:00pm (no appointment necessary)
All other routine x-rays must be booked by appointment on 0115 9305522 ext 234
RIPLEY - Monday to Friday - 9:00am - 4:20pm
Saturday - 9:00am - 12:00midday
All routine x-rays must be booked by appointment on 01773 743456