X-rays are a form of radiation. Pictures created by passing x-rays through a region of your body, are also called
x-rays. These images are similar to photographs, with the light and dark areas representing the different densities of your body tissues.
For a plain x-ray there is no specific preparation. Please bring along any relevant previous images and imaging reports, as well as your request form and Medicare card. You may make a booking if you wish, however, bookings are not necessary.
If you are or think you may be pregnant, please inform you doctor and also our staff. Your doctor may wish to perform an alternative test or delay the test until after your pregnancy.
Depending on the part of your body being examined you may be asked to stand, sit or lie down while the x-ray is taken. It is important that you stay completely still when the radiographer instructs you to, as any movement will create a blurred image. You will need to remove any metal and may need to remove clothing in the area to be imaged, in which case you may prefer to change into a patient gown.
It usually takes less than 15 minutes for an entire x-ray procedure, but time depends on the number of body parts being examined. If you wish to take the films with you, it will take a few more minutes for them to be printed.
X-ray radiation is a form of ionising radiation, meaning that it has the potential to damage DNA and cause cancer. There is ionising radiation in the environment all around us, including in the air we breathe and the food we eat. So fortunately the human body is designed to live in an environment of constant low level radiation exposure. The average x- ray procedure involves several months equivalent of natural background radiation, and at these low levels, the risk is considered to be extremely low or non-existent.
The images will be reviewed by the Radiologist and the report will be electronically delivered to your doctor. Please inform us of when you plan to follow up with your doctor so that your results can be prioritised.
A hyperlink will be added to the report that will allow your doctor to access your images.
We provide long term electronic storage of your report and images, so you may obtain a copy either on the day of the scan or in the future.