X-rays are a very useful test to help assess certain parts of the body eg the lungs or bones. They are also used to detect breast cancer in 'mammography'. However, they are not very useful in assessing problems with muscles or ligaments so are not used very often to assess back pain for example.
An x-ray involves a small dose of radiation, so we try to avoid x-raying children and we don't expose pregnant women to x-rays of their pelvis or abdomen. Please inform us if you think that there is any chance that you might be pregnant. (These rules don't apply to ultrasound or MRI scans, but they do apply to CAT scans).
Unfortunately we do not have x-ray facilities available at the practice - facilities are available locally at Whitworth and St Oswald's and Ripley.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.