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)
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 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.
An x-ray exam usually takes 5 to 10 minutes per area of the body.
There is no appointment needed for your X-ray. Come in at a time that works best for you.
Cloud Radiology prides itself on our ability to deliver first class services within the health system using Bulk billing methodology. This means that your X-Ray will be bulk billed if you have your medicare card and a practitioners referral with you, and you will have no out of pocket expenses.
If you have a referral to another imaging practice or organisation we can still assist you as we put you the patient first and accept all referrals. If in doubt please seek advice from your referring medical professional.
A basic X-ray does not require any special preparation and no appointment is necessary. Metal objects such as watches, keys, coins and jewellery will show up on the x-ray affecting the images and therefore may need to be removed. You may be provided with a gown to wear instead of your own clothes, as some materials and prints will show up on the x-ray. You may also be provided with a special lead lined apron or staff may place a small shield on areas not requiring X-ray.