An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body. Your bones, chest and abdomen are those areas most widely tested using an x-ray.

An X-ray can be used to detect such diseases as arthritis, pneumonia or even blocked blood vessels. The process involves an x-ray machine passing safe levels of radiation through your body so that it can then record an image on a specialized plate which can be viewed by your doctor.

What is an X-ray?

X-ray or radiography uses a very small dose of radiation to produce pictures of the body's internal structures. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. They are often used to help diagnosed fractured bones, look for injury or infection and to locate foreign objects in soft tissue. Some x-ray exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone. 

What types of X-ray are available?

At the Mater Private Dublin we provide a full range of x-ray services including:
  • Chest X-ray 
  • Bone X-ray (Radiography) – such as spine, shoulder, hips, knees etc
  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Bone Densitometry (DEXA scan)

How should I prepare?

An x-ray requires no special preparation.
You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewellery, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the foetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimise radiation exposure to the baby.
Most x-ray examinations are quick examinations but please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.