We Offer a Full Range of X-Ray and Ultrasound Examinations
Here at the North West Independent Hospital, we offer a full range of x-ray and ultrasound examinations. Our facilities include the latest in radiology equipment and a new state-of-the-art storage and viewing system that lets us get a detailed view of your x-ray and also your NHS images that may have been taken at a different location. We also offer a mobile x-ray unit if required.
We take referrals directly from consultants and GPs, and our department is staffed by qualified and experienced radiographers who will carry out your x-ray with great care. All examinations will be reported on by our Consultant Radiologists who will assess your x-ray and act as an expert Consultant to your referring physician.
What is an X-Ray?
An X-ray is a safe and painless procedure that uses radiation waves that are used for producing images of the inside of the body, especially the bones. These radiation waves help detect abnormalities within the body e.g. a fractured wrist, arm or leg etc.
As an X-ray beam passes through your body the body tissues and bones absorb and/or clock the beam in varying amounts depending on its density. This creates a shadow that is picked up on a film or sensor placed on the opposite side of the beam to produce and image.
We use x-rays for a number of conditions, including:
- Orthopaedic Assessment and Bone related problems such as Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Osteomyetitis, Scoliosis and Bone Tumours.
- Lung conditions such as pneumonia, heart failure, COPD.
- For guiding surgeons prior to certain surgical procedures
How Do I Prepare for an X-Ray?
We usually don’t ask you to do anything special prior to an x-ray. We may ask you to wear loose clothing or to remove certain items prior to the procedure so that we can get a clear image. We may also ask you to remove jewellery if we are imaging your hand or another area of your body where jewellery might get in the way. At all times, we will keep you informed during the x-ray process, so that you are comfortable and aware of what is going on.
Our radiologists are qualified and experienced in all forms of x-ray, and we would be very happy to speak to you today if you require expert diagnosis. Speak to our friendly team now to find out more about our x-ray procedures.