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 an 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 Choices website.
If you need a plain X-ray eg a chest X-ray you can take your request form to Mancheter Royal Infirmary between 9am and 4pm on a weekday (Monday to Friday) without having to make an appointment.
Ultrasound scans ordered by the doctor are arranged by telphone with you and are usually done at the Withington Day Hospital or Higher Openshawe Clinic.