What To Wear For An X-ray? – Orthopaedic Outpatient Department

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-608/2019
  • Departments: Orthopaedics, Radiology
  • Last Updated: 18 February 2019

You have received an appointment to attend the Orthopaedic Department and the details are included in the enclosed letter.

To avoid delays for all patients undergoing an X-ray, the department aims to reduce the number of patients who need to undress for their X-ray. This advice sheet has been developed to provide guidance on what to wear when attending your appointment.

It would be useful if you could wear the following clothing when attending for your X-ray.

X-ray of the pelvis or hip

Please wear loose fitting clothing without any zips, buckles, belts or buttons across the pelvis area. This type of clothing can be left on during the X-ray.

X-ray of the back (includes thoracic and lumbar region)

Please wear clothing without metal buttons or zips down the centre of the back. If applicable, please do not wear a bra with metal fastenings. Skirts, tracksuit bottoms and shirts can all be left on during the X-ray.

X-ray of the leg (to include knee, femur, tibia and fibular)

If possible please wear shorts or extremely baggy trousers. A skirt is also acceptable. Please note that if you wear jeans, these will need to be removed for the X-ray due to the thickness of the material.

X-rays cannot be performed if there is any metal in the region under investigation.

Should you require further advice regarding this information please contact the department on telephone number: (01482) 674449.

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