How do I get an X-ray scan?
You’ll need a referral from a qualified healthcare professional to have an X-ray. If you have a referral, you can head over to the Booking tab to the right, or call or email us to make an appointment. Select the best price and time for you by taking a look at our Live prices and availability to see our variable pricing structure and appointment availability.
For Visa X-rays, the process of getting a referral largely depends on the embassy you are in contact with. Some embassies provide referrals directly from their medical department, whilst others expect you to obtain one from an independent healthcare professional. Once you have a referral, however, the process is really simple.
It’s best to book in advance to secure an appointment time, but you can walk in any weekday between 9am and 5pm for an X-ray. All you need to bring with you is a valid referral form. Do be aware that at some busy times you might have to wait a little while for an appointment. Please note that Visa X-rays have to be booked in advance.
If you don’t have a referral from a healthcare professional you can head over to Oryon Connect for advice on how to get one, and for help to guide you to a suitable healthcare professional, who can see you for a consultation and refer you for imaging if necessary.
How do I refer a patient for an X-ray scan?
The best way to refer a patient for X-ray is to log in or sign up to our online community, Connect. Here you can submit referrals, book patient appointments, view scan images and reports, and manage patient appointments.
Allied health professionals who wish to refer for X-ray must have completed an IR(ME)R qualification. We can provide you with details of short courses to attain this qualification if you’d like.
What is X-ray?
X-ray is a type of scan that uses X-ray radiation to produce images of the inside of the body. It’s really useful in many situations, including bone fractures and other injuries, lung conditions, heart size and joint arthritis.
We’re also approved to carry out chest X-rays for visa applications to certain embassies. Routine X-rays are frequently requested by embassies to rule out the possibility of infections, most commonly tuberculosis (TB).
Efficiency: The average time patients spend in our imaging centre during a single region X-ray is half an hour. This involves being checked in, having the scan, collecting your scan images CD and leaving.
Central location: We are in the heart of the Harley Street medical district on Wimpole Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street tube station.
Consultant-led approach: All our exams are reported by our expert Consultant Radiologists. Each has their own interests and specialities, allowing us to provide such a wide range of services.
Rapid online results: Patients and their referrers can see the scan images immediately after the patient finishes their scan on our secure online community, Connect. All patients also leave their appointment with a CD of their images. For standard X-rays, our Consultant Radiologists aim to upload reports to the referring clinician’s account within one working day. Call us on 020 7042 1888 to get set up with an account in a few easy steps. Alternatively, login details are emailed to you automatically when we receive your first referral.
A quality service: The quality of our service is recognised by all major insurers including BUPA, AXA PPP and WPA. We are also registered and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
X-ray clinic opening hours
Before your appointment
Once we’ve received your referral, our radiographers will triage it, (this is to assess the clinical need for a scan, and to make sure you are having the right scan). Once we’ve confirmed your referral and you’ve been booked in for your scan, you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the details of your appointment.
If you don’t have an appointment and are walking in to the clinic, you just need to bring a valid referral form with you on the day.
You may be asked to change into a gown for some X-ray regions. If you are uncomfortable with this, we recommend wearing clothing with no metal, (for example a tracksuit), as it blocks the X-rays and can decrease the quality of the images.
When you arrive
When you arrive at the centre, please check-in at Reception on the Lower Ground Floor. You’ll be greeted by the Radiographer, who will show you to the changing room, where you can lock away your valuables and change into a gown if necessary. They will also explain the exam and answer any queries about the safety questions.
During your appointment
Once you are in the X-ray room, you will be asked to lie on a bed or to stand against an X-ray frame. The Radiographer may need to gently press on bony parts of your body to make sure you’re perfectly positioned.
The images themselves take a split second to capture, like a conventional camera. This minimises the length of the radiation dose you receive.
The Radiographer will then check the images to ensure that you get the best quality possible, which will aid in a speedy diagnosis.
After your appointment
After your scan, you can collect your valuables from the changing room, and that’s that!
Your scan images are uploaded to Connect, our secure online community, immediately after the scan, and we aim to send the report, completed by one of our Consultant Radiologists, to your referring clinician via Connect within one working day. To discuss your report and to find out what your next steps might be, you should make an appointment with your clinician.
Visa X-ray is slightly different, but still as quick and easy as possible. Your report will be drawn up by one of our Consultant Radiologists, who have to physically sign the report at our centre. They do this when they visit us to do their ultrasound clinic, so it may take longer than other reports to be made available. When it is fully signed and ready to be returned to your embassy, you can come and pick up it up or it can be mailed to you for a small fee.