General X-Ray

An x-ray image, or radiograph, is produced when a very small amount of ionising radiation passes through the body and strikes a sensitive detector placed on the other side of the body. X-ray imaging can be used to assess various body parts, commonly bones, joints, the lungs and the abdomen.

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  • You suspect or know that you may be pregnant

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  • There is no special preparation required for most x-rays
  • Upon arrival to your appointment, you may be asked by the radiographer to change into a gown before your procedure
  • You may also be asked to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images
  • You will be exposed to a very small amount of radiation when you receive an x-ray
  • At Perth Radiological Clinic, we use advanced digital x-ray equipment to ensure you are exposed to the minimum amount of radiation needed to obtain adequate images
  • If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell our doctor or radiographer before the test is performed, as special precautions may have to be taken
  • While an appointment isn’t necessary, our clinics sometimes experience a busy period, so if there is a specific date or time you prefer, please make an appointment here.
  • On arrival, you will be taken to a changing room to change into a gown if required
  • The technician will explain the procedure to you
  • Depending on the body part being x-rayed, you may be required to sit, stand or lie down
  • You may also be required to follow some breathing instructions
  • Each image will take around 20 seconds to complete, once positioned
  • The images will be sent through to our specialist radiologists to review and report.

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