At Family Chiropractic, we use the latest digital X-ray equipment which allows us to start analysing your results immediately and provide you with the appropriate care as soon as possible.
Occasionally we may need to use X-rays to help alert our chiropractors to any serious health conditions you are experiencing. This isn’t always necessary for every client but is something we will consider using to make sure your treatment plan is the most effective method for you.
Our chiropractors are trained in Radiography and Radiology which means they are fully qualified to take the X-rays and interpret the results.
Instant results from X-rays mean we can start to provide you with the appropriate care as soon as possible.
What is an X-ray? Open Close
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 the bones and can be used to help detect a range of conditions.
X-rays are usually carried out in hospital X-ray departments by trained specialists called radiographers, although they can also be done by other healthcare professionals, such as dentists and chiropractors.
Are X-rays safe? Open Close
People are often concerned about being exposed to radiation during an X-ray. However, the part of your body being examined will only be exposed to a low level of radiation for a fraction of a second.
Generally, the amount of radiation you’re exposed to during an X-ray is the equivalent to between a few days and a few years of exposure to natural radiation from the environment.
Being exposed to X-rays does carry a risk of causing cancer many years or decades later, but this risk is thought to be very small.
For example, an X-ray of your chest, limbs or teeth is equivalent to a few days’ worth of background radiation, and has less than a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of causing cancer. For more information, see GOV.UK: patient dose information.
The benefits and risks of having an X-ray will be weighed up before it’s recommended. Talk to your chiropractor about the potential risks beforehand, if you have any concerns.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic directly.
When are X-rays used? Open Close
X-rays can be used to examine most areas of the body. They’re mainly used to look at the bones and joints, although they’re sometimes used to detect problems affecting soft tissue, such as internal organs.
How do I prepare for an X-ray? Open Close
You don’t usually need to do anything special to prepare for an X-ray.
For all X-rays, you should let the chiropractor know if you’re pregnant. X-rays aren’t usually recommended for pregnant women unless it’s an emergency.
What happens at an X-ray? Open Close
During an X-ray, you’ll usually be asked to 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. The X-ray will last for a fraction of a second. You won’t feel anything while it’s carried out.
While the X-ray is being taken, you’ll need to keep still so the image produced isn’t blurred. More than one X-ray may be taken from different angles to provide as much information as possible. The procedure will usually only take a few minutes.
What happens after an X-ray? Open Close
You won’t experience any after effects from a standard X-ray and will be able to return to your normal activities straight away.
The X-ray images will need to be examined by the chiropractor before you’re told the results