General X-Rays

An X-ray is used to diagnose and explore a wide variety of conditions mostly in the bones and joints, but can sometimes look at problems affecting soft tissues. They can also be used to monitor on-going conditions.

Common questions

What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a quick and pain free way to see inside your body and help diagnose many conditions. An X-ray is used to diagnose and explore a wide variety of conditions mostly in the bones and joints, but can sometimes look at problems affecting soft tissues. They can also be used to monitor on-going conditions.

Why would I have an X-ray?

Your consultant may wish to diagnose and explore a wide variety of conditions mostly in the bones and joints, but also looking at problems affecting soft tissues.

What happens during an X-ray?

You will have your X-ray at Benenden Hospital’s diagnostic imaging centre - the Robinson suite. We use some of the latest technology to provide more accurate diagnostic imaging and a better experience. The images from your X-ray are then sent to a radiologist to examine.

With most X-rays, you can eat and drink as normal beforehand, but occasionally you may be asked to fast for a few hours before.

If you are pregnant, or suspect you are pregnant, please tell the radiographer immediately. You may not be able to have the examination due to the small risk of radiation that could harm your unborn baby.

It is a good idea to wear loose clothing that does not contain metal such as zips or studs, and remove any jewellery beforehand.

What should I expect after an X-ray?

You will be able to continue your normal daily activities, including driving, after your X-ray.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.