An X-ray is a type of procedure to create detailed images of the inside of your body, to assist in detecting, confirming or ruling out a diagnosis. They are most often used to examine bones and joints but can also be used to scan your organs. Your GP or Consultant may recommend a medical X-ray to determine a potential break or damage to your joints and bones, any issues with your lungs or heart, or if you have been having trouble swallowing.
Helping you on your way to treatment and recovery
X-rays are a type of low-exposure radiation that is passed through the body to create an image of different parts of your body. The procedure is very quick and carried out within minutes, although you will need to remain still for the imaging.
Following the X-ray, you will need to arrange an appointment to discuss your results, diagnosis and next steps for treatment with your GP or Consultant.
You can have X-ray imaging at:
KIMS Hospital, Maidstone
Sevenoaks Medical Centre
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The above are guide prices only.
Where can I have an X-ray?
X-ray appointments are available at KIMS Hospital and Sevenoaks Medical Centre. If you’re a private patient, you can choose where to have it, for example, even if you have your initial consultation at KIMS Hospital, you can still have your X-ray in Sevenoaks. This might be because we can offer you an appointment sooner, or you may find it more convenient to switch between our facilities, depending on where you live and work.
What does X-ray imaging involve?
Depending on the area of your body being examined, you will usually be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that your Radiographer can ensure you are positioned in the right place. They will then position the X-ray tube and light over the part of your body and operate the machine. You will not be able to feel the X-ray imaging and the procedure will only take a few minutes.
What should I wear for my X-ray?
Before your X-ray, you may be asked to remove your clothing and wear a gown, although this will depend on the area being examined. It is a good idea to wear loose, comfortable clothing in case you are able to wear your clothes. You will be asked to remove any jewellery so that metal does not interfere with the equipment; this may also apply to dentures and hearing aids.
Are X-rays harmful?
X-rays are a form of radiation but, whilst needless exposure to radiation should always be avoided, if you have been referred for a medical X-ray, it is because your GP or Consultant feels that the benefits will outweigh the potential negative effects of radiation. At both of our facilities we use the latest equipment to ensure the dose of radiation is minimised and all of our imaging requests are justified by expert Radiographers to ensure the procedure is in your best interests.
When will I receive my X-ray results?
The results of your X-ray will not be available immediately, as they will be reviewed and analysed by a Radiologist before being sent to your GP or Consultant. You can then discuss the results at your next appointment.
What if I need further tests or treatment?
If your results show that you need further tests or treatment, your Consultant will advise and recommend a treatment plan for you. Some tests and minor outpatient treatments are available at both of our facilities; however, any surgery will take place at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone.
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Our team are on hand to help answer any queries you might have about coming to KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. You can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
Please be aware, if you are requesting a diagnostic scan such as an MRI, or CT, you must have a referral from a relevant clinician or Allied Health professional such as a physiotherapist.