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 sometimes identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer, but they are of little use for most other problems affecting non-bony structures.
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. For most X-rays and ultrasound scans, your doctor will refer you to Leith Community Treatment Centre, Junction Place, Leith (click here for map).
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.