Radiology information for patients

Scans and x-rays to diagnose and treat medical conditions

Your letter

Depending on the type of examination you are having, you may need to prepare beforehand. For appointments booked in advance your letter will give you all of the information you need which is specific to the test you are having.

Please make sure you read the information in your letter carefully before you come to hospital.

If you have arranged your appointment over the phone and have opted not to receive a letter, full information regarding your scan will have been provided at the time of booking. Please refer to the information below and relevant patient leaflets if you require any further guidance.


Radiation may harm an unborn baby. If you are, or may be pregnant, you must tell the radiographer before your examination. For some examinations the radiographer will ask if you are pregnant beforehand.


You may be asked to change into a hospital gown if you are wearing clothes with metal fastenings (eg zips or hooks on a bra) or buttons, as these show up on the images. If you would feel uncomfortable wearing a gown why not bring along a pair of pyjama trousers and a plain t-shirt. 

For an MRI scan, you may be asked to remove head coverings, hairbands, jewellery, glasses and any metal objects. You may also need to remove any metallic dentures or hearing aids. Dental fillings will not affect the scan.

Relatives and escorts

You can bring a friend or relative with you to the radiology department, however they will not normally be allowed in the examination room with you.


Unfortunately we are not able to offer childcare facilities. If you need to bring your children with you, please bring along an adult who can look after them while you are having the examination.

Information leaflets

See our radiology patient leaflets for information and support.