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 have 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 as young as one year. Prior to this age, their bones are not fully formed and an x-ray is not the best diagnostic tool.
- 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.
- In order to receive an X-ray you will need a referral from a medical practitioner.
- We accept referrals from General Practitioners, Specialists, Dentists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Podiatrists and Osteopaths.
- Your X-ray will be conducted by an experienced Radiographer.
- At Queensland X-Ray, you do not need an appointment for an X-ray. Just visit us at your local practice.
- There is no preparation required for an X-ray
- 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.
- If you are pregnant, you can still have an X-ray, however your referring practitioner will discuss this with you.
After your examination
The results of your X-ray will be sent directly to your referring Doctor and we encourage you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.