WHAT IS AN X-RAY?
X-ray is a high-energy electromagnetic wave, similar to light, and is commonly used to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. It is:
- Non-invasive, invisible and painless.
- Used to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
- Most often used for imaging the limbs, chest and abdomen.
DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
No, appointments for x-rays are not required. Most x-ray scans require you to attend for around 10-15 minutes.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY X-RAY?
No special preparation is required for an x-ray. Try not to wear any jewellery or metallic items, as these may need to be removed.
Before your examination you must tell us if you:
- Are pregnant, or suspect you are
- Have any metal around the area being examined (e.g. jewellery, buttons, dentures etc.)
- Have had any previous injuries or surgery to the area being examined
- Have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination
WHAT TO BRING:
- Referral from your doctor.
- Previous films and/or reports. If you have had a previous examination in any of our practices, these can be electronically retrieved and you do not need to bring them with you.
- Method of payment (Link to Billing Policy) including Medicare, Health or Pension Card.
- For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number, and any other relevant details.
WHO WILL DO MY X-RAY?
A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your x-ray.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY X-RAY?
You may be asked to remove some items of clothing and metal objects (e.g. jewellery), and change into a disposable gown.
Depending on which area of the body is to be scanned, you will be asked to either lie down on the xray table or stand up next to the x-ray plate. Our radiographer will position you and move the x-ray machine over the area of your body being scanned. The radiographer will then walk behind a screen to take the x-ray. They will ask you not to move while the x-ray is being taken, which will only be for a few seconds. You may also be asked to hold your breath during this time. Most examinations require 2 more or projections to be taken, usually at right angles, so the radiographer will be positioning you and moving in and out of the room multiple times.
At the end of the examination the radiographer will ask you to wait for a couple of minutes while they check the images. The entire procedure normally takes 5-10 minutes. There are no side-effects to x-ray and you can resume normal activity straight after having one.