During an X-ray, a very small amount of ionising radiation is passed through the body, which is absorbed by the bones to create a two-dimensional image.
At Epworth Medical Imaging, we use the latest digital X-ray technology with low-dose detectors to ensure minimal radiation exposure without compromising on image quality.
The amount of radiation from one adult chest X-ray is equal to 10 days of natural background radiation.
How should I prepare for an X-ray?
There is no preparation for an X-ray. If you have a referral for a general X-ray, you do not require an appointment, however, for the safety of you and your unborn child, it is essential that you inform Epworth Medical Imaging staff if you are pregnant or think that you may be.
Please bring any previous X-rays with you.
On the day of your appointment
Epworth Medical Imaging's friendly staff will greet you on arrival and will take your details. A radiographer will collect you from our reception area and take you into the X-ray room.
Generally, you will remain dressed for your procedure. However, you must remove any jewellery or metal objects before your examination.
You will be asked to lie down or to sit on an X-ray bed, depending on the type of scan requested. Often multiple views are required and the radiographer will move you into the best position for the area being investigated. You may be given breathing instructions to ensure that you remain still for each image.
The radiographer will operate the X-ray machine from behind a screen in the X-ray room and will be on-hand to help you if required.
How long will an X-ray take?
Most X-rays take less than 15 minutes.
When your X-ray is completed, the radiographer will escort you to reception where you will be given hard copy films or a CD. The radiologist will produce a report, which will be sent directly to your GP or specialist. Please contact your referring doctor to discuss the results.