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X-Rays

X-Rays

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What is a X-Ray?

X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging. It is a quick and pain-free test that produces images of the body’s internal structure using small doses of ionising radiation.

X-rays are typically used to help diagnose bone fractures or injuries. Some may use a contrast material such as iodine-based or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone.

Fluoroscopy studies, Mammograms, and Bone Densitometry scans all form part of General Radiography or X-rays.

Types of X-Rays

Here are the different types of commonly ordered medical X-rays:

Reasons you could be referred for an X-Ray

What to expect during your X-Ray

  • Depending on the nature of your X-ray, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • You’ll be asked to remove all jewellery and your glasses.
  • A radiographer will position you in front of or under the X-ray machine to acquire the images they need. You’ll be asked to stay still and hold your breath while the image is being taken to prevent blurring.
  • You may need to have several X-ray images taken.

Patient Safety/Risks

If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, please inform your doctor before having an X-ray.

What happens once your scan is complete?

  • Depending on your scan results, you may be sent for an ultrasound for further examination.
  • If images of diagnostic quality have been obtained, you’ll be advised to get dressed and go home.
  • Your doctor should be in touch with you within 24 hours to discuss your results.