X-ray

X-ray

What is an X-ray?

Digital X-rays are a simple, fast non-invasive form of imaging that helps diagnose conditions before treatment or further examinations are performed. This test is very common.

How is an X-ray performed?

Depending on which part of the body is being X-rayed, you may be asked to change into a gown and remove your jewellery. You will either need to stand up or lie down, depending on the X-ray being performed. The Radiographer will move you into the correct position to obtain the best possible images.

The Radiographer will operate the controls behind a screen as each image is taken, and you may have to hold your breath briefly if requested.

Most examinations take around 5-10 minutes others may take longer depending on the examination or number of examinations required.

Are there any risks?

The dose of radiation received is considered safe and is comparable to background environmental radiation. Any possible risks are carefully evaluated by your referring healthcare professional and our radiology staff.

At Fowler Simmons Radiology, we follow the ‘ALARA’ radiation protection principle which ensures that we use the lowest doses possible to achieve the best image quality and result for the patient.

Are there any limitations?

The main limitation is pregnancy. Female patients who are or think they may be pregnant, must inform the radiographer BEFORE the examination. An alternative type of test may be recommended or the procedure cancelled until further discussion with your doctor or a pregnancy test is performed.

Preparation needed for the examination

There are no real restrictions with regard to clothing, as changing into a gown may be necessary, particularly if there are metal buttons, zippers, belts etc that are in the area of the X-ray beam.

The Radiographer will ask questions about your area of concern, to ensure the correct region is sufficiently covered.

On completion of the examination

Your X-rays will be reviewed and reported by one of our Radiologists, and the report will be forwarded to your referring healthcare professional.

Things we need to know from you

If you are feeling unwell or need to cancel your appointment please ring our office as soon as possible on (08) 8229 2100.

Note to female patients: If you are pregnant, or suspect you may be, please advise us before your appointment.

Important things you must bring to your appointment

  • A referral from your healthcare professional
  • Medicare card
  • Pension/Concession card
  • Any relevant previous films/x-rays
  • WorkCover/Motor Vehicle Accident claim details (if applicable) i.e. claim number, name of employer or insurer.

Concerns

Please feel free to contact our staff at any time if you have any questions or concerns on (08) 8229 2100.