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You may be aware that Jeremy Hunt, Health and Social Care secretary, has confirmed a failure of IT dating back to 2009 which resulted in 450,000 women, who were between their 68th and 71st birthday, not being invited to their final breast screening.

NHS England will contact any patients affected by this issue will receive a letter by the end of May.

Those who are aged under 72 will automatically receive an invite for a catch-up screen

– Patients aged between 72 and 79 will also be sent information on how they can request a screening appointment through the national helpline

– All women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment before the end of October 2018

– Women who have not received a letter by the end of May can be reassured they have not been affected by the incident

X-Ray

doctor examining an x-rayAn X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.

If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.

An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.

You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.

 
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