An x-ray machine sends individual x-ray particles through the body;  the resulting images are recorded on a computer.

How the test is performed. Your standing position will depend on the part of your body being x-rayed. Several different x-ray views may be needed. You need to stay still when you are having an x-ray because movement can cause blurry images.

How to prepare for the test. Before the x-ray, tell your healthcare team if you are or may be pregnant. You will need to remove all jewellery and put on a hospital gown.

How the test will feel. X-rays are painless. However, you could experience temporary discomfort as a result of holding your body in the position needed. An x-ray takes a few minutes.