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.

X-ray is the most common form of medical imaging. In order to receive an x-ray you will need a referral from a medical practitioner. At Queensland X-Ray, you do not need an appointment for an x-ray. Just visit us at your local practice.

Image Modality Xray


  • There are several reasons why your doctor may have referred you for an x-ray. These reasons may include:

    • Broken or fractured bones
    • Diagnosis of arthritis in the joints
    • Diagnosis of chest and lung conditions such as pneumonia
  • There is no preparation required for an x-ray, however:

    • 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.
    • If you are pregnant, you can still have an x-ray, however your referring practitioner will discuss this with you.
  • Your x-ray will be conducted by an experienced radiographer. The radiographer will escort you to the examination room, explain what will happen and instruct you on how to prepare. The scan is not performed in an enclosed environment, but on an open bed, so you won’t need to worry about confined spaces.

  • This will depend on the body part being imaged and the number of x-rays taken. Once the x-rays have been performed, the Radiographer will check to ensure they have all the images required. This can take several minutes.

  • 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.

Watch: Having an x-ray with Queensland X-Ray

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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