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.


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