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 the GP advises you to go for an x-ray you will be given an x-ray card and advise to attend one of the following hospitals:

Queen Margaret Hospital Dunfermline 08.30 to 20.00 Monday to Friday or 0900 to 1600 Saturday and Sunday

Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy 0900 to 1800 Monday to Thursday or 0900 to 1630 Friday

St Andrews Community Hospital 0900 - 1300, 1330 - 1630 Monday to Friday

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

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