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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 website.
If your GP gives you a Chest XRAY form, click on this link to find out where and when to get it done - you don't need an appointment, simply walk in & they will do it
For other XRAYS or Scans, your GP will email the request to the hospital, then you need to ring them 48 hours later to arrange a date on 01803 656326
For DEXA scans (these check bone density and look forf Osteoporosis), ring 5 working days later on 01803 656339
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NON-EMERGENCY: Have a look at the "Get health information" page. Alternatively, call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.
MINOR INJURIES: We do not provide a minor injuries service. You should attend A&E or a local minor iunjuries unit. The LIVE WAITING times for these services are listed here.
EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.