Types of imaging

X-ray

General radiography (or x-ray) refers to the use of x-rays to create static 2D images of different parts of the body.

An image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through a patient’s body and is recorded on a film or detector on the other side of the body.

X-ray is the most commonly performed examination and is very good for investigating bones as well as soft tissue such as the chest, lungs and abdomen.

Unless a more complex investigation is required, plain x-rays are generally very quick and don’t cause any discomfort to the patient.