X-rays are a type of radiation. They're similar sources of energy to light. However, light has a much lower frequency than X-rays and is absorbed by your skin. X-rays have a higher frequency and pass through the human body.

Having an X-RayAs X-rays pass through your body, energy particles called photons are absorbed at different rates. This pattern shows up on the X-ray images.

The parts of your body made up of dense material, such as bone, show up as clear white areas on an X-ray image. The softer parts, such as your heart and lungs, show up as darker areas. NHS Choices provides some useful information on what to expect when attending for an X-ray.

The Imaging department provides a number of X-ray services within North Bristol NHS Trust in both the Hospital and Community setting.

If you have an appointment letter from North Bristol NHS Trust, please check in using the self check-in kiosks before proceeding to Gate 18.

Direct Access Patients

If your GP has asked you to attend for an x-ray in most cases he will have made the request electronically and you will not need to bring a request form with you. Please just attend one of the x-ray departments at either Cossham Hospital, Clevedon Hospital, Yate West Gate Centre or Southmead Hospital.

If you are attending Southmead Hospital, please go to the Imaging Department, Gate 18, Level 1, Brunel building, Southmead Hospital.