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doctor examining an x-rayAn 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 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.

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.


From Monday 3rd June 2019 United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust will introduce a Faster chest X-ray service at Lincoln County Hospital which offers patients their chest X-ray results STRAIGHT away.

Patients will get their X-ray results the same day and if the results show any abnormalities, patients will have a CT SCAN within 48 hours.  The patient and referring GP will be notified of outcomes. 

Routine/ non-urgent will be referred back to the GP, however a further routine appointment or a CT scan can be requested if the GP feels this is required.

You can read more about this service on the Hospital's leaflet:

ULHT Faster Chest X-ray Service

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