X-ray

Radiography (X-ray) is the imaging of body structures from radiation similar to visible light, radiowaves and microwaves, and is used to diagnose a diverse range of medical conditions.

X-rays pass through the body, which is absorbed by different structures in varying degrees. Bone absorbs much of the radiation producing a lighter grey shade on the X-ray.

  • WHAT IS X-RAY

    Radiography (X-ray) is the imaging of body structures from radiation similar to visible light, radiowaves and microwaves, and is used to diagnose a diverse range of medical conditions.

    X-rays pass through the body, which is absorbed by different structures in varying degrees. Bone absorbs much of the radiation producing a lighter grey shade on the X-ray, while soft tissues such as muscle, fat and organs appear grey because these areas allow much of the x-ray to pass through. Air appears black because no radiation is absorbed.

  • BEFORE AN X-RAY

    If you are pregnant (or have reason to believe you may be) please inform your doctor and our staff at that time of booking.

    No specific preparation is required for an X-ray. Please be sure to have a current referral from your doctor, and bring any relevant films or reports to assist our radiologists in making the most accurate diagnosis. Please bring your Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card with you to your appointment.

  • DURING AN X-RAY

    You will usually be asked to change into a gown and asked to remove any jewellery. Depending on the area of examination, you may be asked to sit, stand or lay down. You must remain completely still during the scan, as movement may result in a blurred image.

     

  • AFTER AN X-RAY

    The radiographer will electronically process each X-ray and review for quality. This is a quick process, and occasionally there may be the need for additional images. There is no need for concern if this is the case, it is to obtain a better view of the region, not because there is a problem.

    One of our radiologists will interpret the scan and provide your referring doctor with a comprehensive report about the findings. The results of your scan will be sent directly to your referring doctor, and it is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results.

  • PATIENT SAFETY

    The type of radiation used in X-rays is called ionising radiation. Medical research has been unable to establish conclusively that there are significant effects for patients exposed to ionising radiation at the doses used in diagnostic X-ray imaging.

    Radiographers are trained to use the smallest possible amount of X-rays required to produce a satisfactory image. The benefits of an X-ray generally out outweigh the risks involved.

    Many imaging tests that use x-rays are not performed during pregnancy, in order to avoid exposing the fetus to unnecessary radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions are taken to minimise exposure. The results of your scan will be sent directly to your referring Doctor, and it is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results.

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