What is an X-ray?
Low Dose Digital X-ray services are offered at our Fairfield, South Melbourne and Monbulk practices.
An X-ray, also known as radiography, is a medical imaging technique that uses ionising radiation to create images of the inside of the body. In this procedure, X-ray beams pass through the body, and the varying absorption rates of different tissues create shadows on a detector or film. These shadows form images of the internal structures, such as bones and organs, which can be examined for signs of injury, disease, or other medical conditions.
X-rays are commonly used for various diagnostic purposes, including bone fractures, dental issues, chest imaging, joint conditions, abdominal imaging, and diagnostic procedures.
While X-rays provide valuable diagnostic information, it's important to note that they involve exposure to ionising radiation. Medical professionals take precautions to minimise radiation exposure, and the benefits of the diagnostic information gained from X-rays are typically considered to outweigh the potential risks. Pregnant individuals or those with certain medical conditions need to inform their healthcare providers before undergoing an X-ray.
What can I expect from an X-ray?
You might need to change into a gown and remove any jewellery. Depending on the area being examined, you will be asked to sit, stand, or lie against an X-ray plate or on the examination table. You will have to stay completely still and hold your breath briefly during each X-Ray to avoid blurring. Movement during the scan may result in unclear images.
Most examinations typically last between 5-10 minutes, though some may take longer based on the nature or number of required examinations. If there is any possibility of pregnancy, you will need to inform your radiographer before the procedure, as special precautions may be taken.
What do you need to bring to your appointment?
- Your referral form - please note we accept all referral forms from all providers.
- Medicare card
- Pension or concession card
- Any prior imaging
When can my doctor expect to receive the results?
The results of your examination will be analysed by our radiologist and promptly forwarded to your doctor. Following the receipt of the results, your doctor will assess and discuss them with you.
Fees and Billing
As a radiology provider with a community focus, we bulk bill to Medicare in many cases. However, please verify with your specific practice before your appointment.