Please note that a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.
X-ray, or plain radiography, is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body. It is most commonly used for the evaluation of the chest and musculoskeletal system.
Walk-in service in Dublin
Mater Private Hospital, Eccles Street, offers a walk-in service for x-ray Monday – Friday, 8am to 4.30pm.
Mater Private Day Hospital, Cherrywood and Northern Cross, currently operate on an appointment only basis.
Walk-in service in Cork
Mater Private Hospital, Mahon offers a walk-in service for x-ray Monday – Friday, 8am - 6pm. Urgent appointments are typically available within 24 hours.
Please note: You must bring your referral letter with you. You will have to pay for your x-ray at the time of your appointment. You may be able to reclaim some or all of the cost on your health insurance outpatient benefits or via a medical expenses reimbursement on a tax return.
What you should know
It is helpful if you wear comfortable clothes without any metal such as zips, underwires, metal buttons etc.
Let the radiographer know if there is any chance you might be pregnant.
You will be asked to remove any clothing containing metal or jewellery from the areas being scanned.
You will be asked by the radiographer to move into different positions to achieve the images that your doctor has requested. You may find it uncomfortable to hold the positions but it only lasts for a few minutes. The x-ray itself will not cause you to feel any sensation or pain.
There are no precautions to follow after your scan. You can eat and drink normally, drive and can return to work immediately after your appointment if necessary.
Your scan will be reported by a consultant radiologist. The results will be sent directly to your referring doctor.
We are all exposed to natural background radiation every day. Medical exposures give a small additional dose on top of natural radiation.
The amount of radiation received from an x-ray is low and varies depending on the body part being examined. As long as it is clearly necessary to help make the correct diagnosis and treatment decision, the benefits of detection, diagnosis and treatment resulting from the x-ray should outweigh the risks.
For more information on the risks and benefits associated with x-rays, see documentation below “X-rays: How safe are they?”