You may be asked to remove clothing or jewellery that may be close to the area being examined.
If you are asked to remove your clothing, you will be offered a gown to wear.
Depending on the type of test you are having, you may be asked to take a contrast substance. You may be given this via swallowing, enema, catheter or via an injection, usually into the hand or arm or into a joint.
If a joint is being looked at, we will ask you to either stand, sit, or lay on the X-ray table. Depending on the test, you may be asked to move into different positions, move a certain body part, or hold your breath for a short time.
If the test requires you to swallow a liquid, you will be asked to take a mouthful and hold it in your mouth until the Radiographer asks you to swallow.
The type of test you are having and area of the body being looked at and/or treated will determine the length of time for the test.