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Paediatric X-ray

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.


Any of our practices are able to take an X-ray of your child. However in Brisbane, we have several practices, who are a little more experienced in this often specialised area. Our practices at Upper Mount Gravatt, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and Greenslopes Obstetric and Paediatric Suites.

Locations providing this service

Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Suite 3, 16 Thompson Street
Bowen Hills, QLD, 4006

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