An X-ray is a quick and painless procedure commonly used to produce images of the inside of the body. It's a very effective way of looking at bones and can be used to help detect a range of conditions.
Around 400 patients a day come through our department.
More on what we do
X-rays are mainly used to look at the bones and joints, although they're sometimes used to detect problems affecting soft tissue, such as internal organs.
During an X-ray, you'll usually be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surface so that the part of your body being examined can be positioned in the right place.
The X-ray machine, which looks like a tube containing a large light bulb, will be carefully aimed at the part of the body being examined by the radiographer, a specialist healthcare worker trained to perform X-rays and scans.
They will operate the machine from behind a screen or from the next room. In some cases, a substance called a contrast agent may be given before an X-ray is carried out. This can help show up soft tissues up more clearly on the image.
Where to find us
RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW
The Medical Imaging Department, Area M, Level 1.
To contact the X-ray team, call 01392 402336 option 1, option 2
The team is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm