What to Expect
X-rays are the original and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Your doctor or health care provider may refer you for an x-ray if they want to assess the internal structures of your body using non-invasive methods.
X-ray exams are used for numerous reasons, including:
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Lung conditions
- Foreign objects/bodies
- Back pain
Before an X-ray
If you are pregnant (or have reason to believe you may be) please inform your doctor and our staff at the time of booking.
No specific preparation is required for an X-ray. Please be sure to have a current referral from your doctor, and bring any relevant films or reports to assist our radiologists in making the most accurate diagnosis.
Please bring your Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card with you to your appointment.
During an X-ray
You will be asked to remove any jewellery or metal objects in the region of the x-ray before the examination and may be asked to change into a gown
Once The X-ray Group radiographer has explained what will be involved in your examination, they will ask you to lie, sit or position you so they can obtain the specific images required.
When the radiographer takes the image, they will ask you to hold still and sometimes give you specific breathing instructions. Often multiple images are taken, and you will be repositioned for each image.
Most x-ray examinations take 5-10 minutes to complete.
After an X-ray
One of our radiologists will interpret the x-ray and provide your referring doctor with a comprehensive report about the findings. It is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your results.
If medically urgent, or you have an appointment immediately after your x-ray to see your referring doctor or health care provider, The X-ray Group will arrange to have your results available immediately. Otherwise, your referring doctor or health care provider will receive your report within 48 hours of your examination.
You can resume normal activity immediately after your x-ray.
You will receive a small dose of x-ray radiation. X-rays are only performed where it is deemed the benefit of the examination will outweigh any potential risks. At The X-ray Group you can be assured that by using the latest technology and with staff trained in radiation reduction techniques, radiation doses are kept as low as reasonably possible.
If you are or think that you may be pregnant, it is essential that you tell our radiology team before your x-rays.