X-ray

X-ray

X-Rays help to diagnose a range of health problems. Patients have traditionally visited hospitals for X-Rays and encountered long waiting times. We offer a community based X-Ray service, which allows patients to be quickly and closer 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

Our dedicated X-Ray suite is on site and staffed by qualified Radiographers who can guide you through this simple process.

X-Rays for medical use are recognised as generally safe.

Radiation is a normal part of our everyday lives. This is called natural background radiation and it comes fromthe ground and building materials around us, the air that we breathe, the food that we eat and outer space (cosmic radiation).

You are exposed to a small amount of radiation but this is what you would naturally be exposed to from the environment over 3 days (for a chest X-Ray) to several months (dependent on the area of body being examined).

If you would like to know more, you might find the following websites useful:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/x-ray/#are-x-rays-safe

https://www.bir.org.uk/patients-public/x-rays-and-their-safety/

https://www.iaea.org/resources/rpop/patients-and-public/x-rays

However, if you are pregnant you should tell your referring clinician or Radiographer.

How to access the service:

Ask your GP to refer you to the Community X-ray Service

Our Clinics:

The X-Ray service is based at Handsworth Wood Medical Centre, 110-114 Church Ln, Birmingham B20 2ES. There is ample free parking on Hinstock Road adjacent to the centre.

Our Teams:

The service is led by radiographers who are trained to use a range of imaging technology.
Clinical Leads – Dr Simon Butler and 2 radiographers.

What Happens at the Appointment?

X-Ray appointments are between 5-20 minutes long. A radiographer will take 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 referring clinician who will guide you through any further treatment you might need.

Contact Us:

  • Contact the X-Ray Admin Team on 0121 250 1592 option 2
  • Email