Before your appointment
Most x-ray procedures have no patient preparation requirements. However, if there is specific preparation that you need to follow we will let you know when you make your appointment.
Please ensure you bring your referral, Medicare card and any previous films with you to your appointment.
On the day of your appointment:
When you arrive at our practice the reception team will register you for your procedure.
A radiographer will greet you, explain the procedure and gather specific clinical information that will assist with your results, and enable us to perform the scan as accurately as possible.
Scan and procedure specifics
You will be asked to change into a gown and lie on the scanning table. The x-ray unit will then be moved into the correct position to take the image. Most screening or fluoroscopy studies require the administration of x-ray contrast (a liquid dye). This can be administered orally or injected into the area of concern. This contrast will highlight the area of interest and allow more accurate diagnosis.
The x-rays are emitted from the unit and pass through the body onto the detector. The detector converts the x-rays that interact with it into an image.
Screening examinations can vary greatly in time, typically less than 30 minutes, and sometimes just a few minutes. Our Siemens x-ray equipment is identical to the one shown here,
Your report and images
Once your images are complete, we process them using our computer. This allows us to provide clear images to assist in your diagnosis. Our doctor will complete the report and make the images available to your doctor.