X-ray

X-rays help to diagnose a range of health problems. Patients have traditionally visited hospitals for x-rays, but waiting times are often long. We offer a community based x-ray service, which allows patients to be seen quicker and close to home. The service provides safe, professional care.

What can we help you with?

X-rays can be used to reveal:

  • Fractures
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Other signs of disease

Medical research has shown that x-rays are safe and you should not experience any side effects. If you are pregnant you should tell your GP as this could harm your baby.

How to access the service

Ask your GP to refer you to the Community X-ray Service to access these services.

Our Clinics

The service is based at Handsworth Wood Medical Centre, 110-114 Church Ln, Birmingham B20 2ES.

Our Teams

The service is led by a radiographer who is trained to use a range of imaging technology including; X-ray machines, computerised tomography (CT) scanners and ultrasound scanners. It provides safe, professional care.
Lead GP – Dr Simon Butler

What Happens at the Appointment?

Your appointment will last 5-20 minutes and a radiographer will take one or more images of your body using an x-ray machine. Depending on what area of your body is to be imaged, you may be asked to change into a gown. The radiographer will call you into the room, explain what will happen, and ensure you are happy to proceed.

All x-ray examinations are different, you may be asked to stand against a frame, lie down on the x-ray table, or sit in a chair close to the table. You will also be asked to stay very still and hold your position for a few seconds. Certain x-ray examinations require more than one image to be taken. The radiographer will take the x-ray from behind a screen but will be able to hear and see you at all times.

The results will be sent to your GP who will guide you through any further treatment you might need.