Cardiff University Hospital X Ray

Cardiff University logo

Cardiff University Hospital X Ray

General X-ray

Opening hours
8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

Booking and enquiries
9.00am to 5.00pm

General x-ray departments are located at all of our hospital sites so it is vital that you carefully read your appointment letters to ensure that you attend the correct radiology department.
What is an X-ray?

X Ray image of a hand

An X-ray is a picture of the internal structures of the body. It is made by passing a controlled amount of radiation through the body and onto a film or digital detector. The examination may take the form simply be a series of simple x-ray pictures of a more specialist complex examination using Fluoroscopy.

Are there any risks?
Diagnostic X-rays use a very small amount of radiation. We are all receiving radiation from the natural environment around us, this is known as ‘background radiation’. Most X-rays use an amount of radiation that is equivalent to a few weeks or days of this background radiation.
If you are pregnant, you must inform the Radiographer before the X-ray. Radiation can be harmful to the developing foetus (unborn baby), and special precautions may be needed.

Before my appointment

You will receive an appointment letter through the post. This will detail the expected length of visit and any specific restriction or instructions, as certain scans require dietary restriction or specific medication prior to, and after, the examination.

Your examination may take place at the Main x-ray department in the University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park or University Hospital Llandough, so please check your appointment letter to ensure that you attend the correct Hospital. Radiology Departments Link
What if I cannot attend the appointment?

If you are unable to attend your appointment for any reason, please inform the x-ray department immediately. This will enable us to rearrange your appointment to a more suitable time.

Please note, you will not routinely be offered another appointment if you fail to inform the department if you are unable to attend. Your imaging request will be returned to your referring doctor.
I require hospital transport for my appointment, how do I book?
If you are eligible for hospital transport, this must be arranged with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust on 0300 1000 012. Bookings must be made at least 48 hours before your appointment.
When I arrive

We ask that you arrive 10 minute before your appointment to allow time for you to book in at reception and change for the procedure if necessary.

Radiology is a very busy department. Please be aware that patients in our waiting areas will be attending for a variety of different examinations, being performed in different examination rooms. As a result people may not be seen in the order in which they book into reception. If you feel you have been waiting for an extended time, do not hesitate to enquire with our reception staff who will investigate on your behalf.

While we endeavour to keep to appointment times and not keep you waiting, the department images people referred from a variety of sources such as their GP, out patient clinics etc as well as imaging patients who have been admitted to the hospital and are attending from wards. As such, urgent cases and emergencies can occur which can potentially cause delays to your appointment. We will always try to keep you informed as to the nature and duration of delay if possible.

Who will I see?

Your X-ray will be taken by a Radiographer or Assistant Practitioner (AP). We are a teaching hospital so your X-ray may be taken by a student, but this is under the supervision of a qualified Radiographer. If you do not wish to be seen by a student, please inform the reception desk before your X-ray. Please note that this will not prejudice your examination or treatment in any way.
When will I get the results?

The X-ray staff cannot issue results, they will be sent to the doctor who sent you for the X-ray.

If you were sent by your GP, the results will be available from the GP approximately 7 to 10 days from the date of your X-ray.

If you were sent by a doctor from the outpatient department, the results will be available and ready for your next appointment in clinic.