Luton and Hitchin X-Ray Services
Please note: x-rays can only be taken after a full consultation including the history and examination of the problem has been completed. Except if you have been referred to us by your GP or other recognised healthcare professional.
Who can take x-rays?
At Luton and Hitchin X-ray services, Chiropractors are fully qualified to take x-rays and governed under the The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000.
Why would an x-ray be needed?
X-rays can help identify issues that cannot be reproduced by clinical examination alone, in cases of arthritis for example. it allows us to see the extent of the arthritis and where it is located to, once this is identified the treatment can be designed more specifically for this area. Other reasons an x-ray could be needed are in cases of severe trauma or degeneration, if an x-ray is required then it will help greatly with the diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition.
Does everyone require an x-ray?
No, we must always have a full clinical reasoning before any x-rays are taken and will not take any if not justified. Most cases of joint and muscle pains will not require an x-ray and structures such as discs, muscles and nerves cannot be seen on an x-ray, if these structures need to be imaged then the Chiropractor will refer you to your GP with a letter advising further imaging such as an MRI or Ultrasound scan.
What are the benefits of having a private x-ray?
The main benefit is that you will get the results very quickly, our Luton and Hitchin x-ray services will endeavour to take the x-ray either the same day as the appointment or a few days afterwards, we will also develop them on site and will ask you to come in a few days later to discuss the results.
Do I have to have a full examination before the x-ray can be taken?
In most cases yes, we have to take a full history and examination in order to come to the conclusion that an x-ray is required and fully justified. The exceptions are if you are referred, with a letter, to us by either your GP or another consultant that can appropriately make such a justification and if we are satisfied with the reasoning then we will be happy to take the x-ray based on their justification.
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X-Ray Referral Form
If you are a clinician who would like to refer a patient of yours to us for x-rays then please write us a referral letter detailing why you would like an x-ray of this patient taken and email it to the clinic where you would like the x-ray taken: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We will then send you a justification form to complete and once that has been approved we will then book your patient in for the x-ray.
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire