An x-ray or radiograph is produced by passing a small amount of radiation through the body to produce an image of the inside of the body.
X-rays are used to aid in the diagnosis of a wide range of ailments but are most commonly used to investigate:
- Joints and alignment of bones
- Bone growth
- Infections in bone, lungs or soft tissues
- Obstructions or impaction of bowels
- Foreign bodies
- Metastatic diseases
No preparation is required for an x-ray.
For your comfort during the examination, we recommend you remove any jewellery from your body and to wear loose fitting clothing without metal buttons, buckles, fasteners or zippers, as metal objects interfere with the scan. A gown will be provided if clothing needs to be removed.
The imaging technologist will position you appropriately depending on the area of the body being examined.
You will be asked to keep still, and you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds.
The imaging technologist will stand behind a screen to take the x-ray images. Often, more than one x-ray view will be required, and the imaging technician will re-position you to obtain the necessary images.
You will receive a small dose of x-ray radiation.
Please advise the radiographer if you are, or think you may be pregnant, or if you are currently breastfeeding.
Approximately 15 minutes.
- Your original referral or request form
- Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
- Previous relevant imaging