X-ray

An x-ray examination creates two-dimensional images of the body’s internal organs or bones to help diagnose conditions or diseases.

Overview

X-ray images contain information about the bones, soft tissue and air (lungs/bowel gas).

Preparing for an X-ray

Please bring your referral (letter from your doctor) and your Medicare and/or Pension Health care card with you to your appointment. It is important to bring all previous films and reports relating to the region being imaged.

No appointment is necessary. If you wear light comfortable clothing without buttons, metal zips, buckles or hooks around the area being x-rayed, you may not need to change into a gown.

There is no other preparation required for x-rays.

Babies in the womb are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays. Please inform your doctor if you are or you suspect you may be pregnant before having your x-ray.

Scanning

All x-ray examinations will be performed by one of our experienced radiographers.

A single examination will take an average of 10 minutes.

You will be asked to remove jewellery and other metal objects from the body part being examined.

You will be asked to lie or stand in different positions while the images are acquired.

You will need to stay still while you are having an x-ray and you may also be asked to hold your breath for a second or two while the image is being taken.

Results

Most x-ray results will be ready in less than 1 hour.

You can wait for your results, or you can return and pick up the films and report at a later time. They can also be provided on CD or electronic transfer to your referring practitioner if requested.

We understand that some patients are anxious about having tests performed. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask our staff. Norwest Medical Imaging strongly advises that you return to your referring doctor, in order for your doctor to discuss your radiology report with you.

FAQs

Will I feel anything while having my x-ray taken?
No, x-rays are painless.

How much radiation am I getting exposed to?
X-rays are monitored and regulated so that you receive the minimum amount of radiation needed to produce a diagnostic image.

Can I have an x-ray if I am pregnant?
Babies in the womb are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays. Please inform your doctor if you are or if you suspect you may be pregnant before having your x-ray.

Can I have a female radiographer/technician to perform the scan?
Yes, please let reception know when making your appointment.  We have female radiographers sensitive to the needs of female patients.

Can I accompany my child in the x-ray room?
If your assistance is needed to keep your child still, we will provide you with a lead gown so you can be present in the x-ray room. However, if you are (or suspect you are) pregnant, or if you have other children with you, you will be required to wait outside the room. Babies and small children are more sensitive to x-rays and this will reduce unnecessary exposure. Instead, please bring an additional adult with you to assist.

Will the radiographer performing my scan tell me what’s wrong?
It is the radiographer’s duty to perform the test and ensure the images are of high quality for the radiologist (specialist doctor) to interpret them.