X-ray is the most common form of medical imaging.
An x-ray image is created when a small amount radiation is passed through a body part. Different internal structures absorb different amounts of radiation, which is why the end result of an x-ray shows the white solid bone structures and grey muscle areas.
Why would you need an X-ray?
There are several reasons why your doctor may have referred you for an x-ray. These reasons include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Diagnosis of arthritis in the joints
- Diagnosis of chest and lung conditions such as pneumonia.
Things to know
- We can perform X-rays on children from one year year. Prior to this age, their bones are not fully formed and an X-ray is not the best diagnostic tool.
- In some cases, we are able to perfom abdominal X-ray on children younger than one year.
- There is radiation involved in an X-ray – but we use low-dose radiation software throughout all our imaging procedures. You can read about Radiation Dose here.
- There is no preparation required for an X-ray.
- You do not need an appointment for an X-ray – just walk on in!
- The scan is not performed in an enclosed environment, but on an open bed, so you won’t need to worry about confined spaces
- While it’s not essential, it’s helpful to wear lose fitting clothing without metal buckles, fasteners, or zips. In some cases, you may be asked to change into a gown.
- You will not be able to have an X-ray if you are pregnant.
In order to receive an X-ray you will need a referral from a medical practitioner.
The x-ray will take around 5 minutes.
The results of the X-ray will be sent directly to the referring Doctor and we encourage you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss the results with them.
There is a cost for some paediatric imaging, please contact us to confirm the most accurate cost.