An x-ray is a safe and painless procedure that's often used to produce images of the inside of the body.

X-rays can also be used to examine organs and identify problems. For example, an x-ray can highlight a lung infection, such as pneumonia.

They are also often used by surgeons during therapeutic procedures, such as a coronary angioplasty, to help guide equipment to the area being treated.

X-rays are carried out by radiographers or assistant practitioners, who are healthcare professionals trained to use imaging technology, including x-ray machines, computerised tomography (CT) scanners and ultrasound scanners. Some specialist radiographers are also trained to make a diagnosis from the examination.

During an x-ray, you'll be asked to lie on a table or stand against a flat surface so that the part of your body being examined is positioned between the x-ray machine and an imaging plate.

The x-ray will last for a fraction of a second. As the x-rays hit the imaging plate, the plate will capture a snapshot of the image.

The image will then be transferred to a computer so that a radiologist or radiographer can study them and produce a report. Radiologists are doctors who are specially trained to carry out examinations and interpret medical images, such as x-rays and CT scans.

Aintree University Hospital

Elective Care Centre – Tel: 0151 529 0237

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, excluding bank holidays.

Broadgreen Hospital

Tel: 0151 600 1616

Monday to Friday, 8am-4.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

Royal Liverpool University Hospital

0151 706 2745

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-7pm, excluding bank holidays.

Liverpool University Dental Hospital

0151 706 5100

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, excluding bank holidays.

Kenilworth

0151 330 6590

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, excluding bank holidays (appointment only).

Kirkby

0151 244 3027

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm (walk in), 4pm-7.30pm (appointments only). Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-3.30pm (appointments only).

South Liverpool

0151 295 9015

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

York Centre

0151 300 8290

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

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When you are assessed by your GP, doctor, or healthcare professional, they will consider if they feel an X-ray may be of benefit to help diagnose your health concern. 

Aintree

If you are referred by your GP for an X-ray, you can then attend Aintree University Hospital Elective Care Centre or any of our community sites: Kirkby Walk In Centre, Litherland Walk In Centre, York Centre or South Liverpool Treatment Centre.

Royal and Broadgreen

If you are referred by your GP for an X-ray, you can then attend The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, or any of our community sites: Kirkby Walk In Centre, Litherland Walk In Centre, York Centre or South Liverpool Treatment Centre.

Kenilworth

If you are referred by your GP for an X-ray, you can then attend any of our community sites: Kirkby Walk In Centre, Litherland Walk In Centre, York Centre or South Liverpool Treatment Centre.

If you wish to attend Kenilworth Road, you will need to ring for an appointment.

Kirkby, Litherland, South Liverpool, York Centre

If you are referred by your GP for an X-ray, you can then attend any of our community sites: Kirkby Walk In Centre, Litherland Walk In Centre, York Centre or South Liverpool Treatment Centre.

Aintree 

Elective Care Centre, Ground Floor, Aintree University Hospital, Main Radiology Department, Ground Floor, Aintree University Hospital

Broadgreen

X-ray Department, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Royal

Main Radiology Department, Ground Floor, The Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Dental

Liverpool University Dental Hospital 
Pembroke Place, Liverpool L3 5PS

Kenilworth

Kenilworth Road Diagnostic Centre
1 Kenilworth Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 3AD.

Kirkby

Kirkby Walk In Centre, St Chads Clinic, St Chads Drive, Kirkby, Liverpool, L32 8RE

Litherland

Litherland Walk In Centre, Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, Liverpool, L21 9JN

South Liverpool

South Liverpool Treatment Centre, 32 Church Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 2LE

York Centre

Radiology Department, Smithdown Health Park,
Smithdown Road, Liverpool, L15 2HE