What is an x-ray?

X-rays show the structure of your bones and some organs by passing beams through your body. These are absorbed differently by different structures depending on the density. Very dense parts like bones and metal show up clearly as white. Air in the lungs shows up as black, while fat and muscle are shades of grey. This allows radiologists to detect abnormalities. Our x-ray technology generates a digital image immediately, which makes diagnosis and treatment faster.  An x-ray is considered safe and painless.

If you need an x-ray, here’s everything you need to know.

Before your procedure

No appointment is required for x-ray. You can check here for branch hours and come in at a time that suits you.

Please remember to bring your completed doctors referral form with you, if this has not already been sent to us. This will ensure the branch reception has all the necessary information required so our expert team can provide you with the best care possible.

On the day of your procedure

When you arrive, please check in with reception. We’ll make sure your details are correct and ask you to complete the appropriate forms.
Depending on what part of your body needs to be x-rayed, you may need to remove jewellery, some items of clothing, or change into one of our gowns.

You’ll then lie on a comfortable table, and your radiographer will help position your body, and may use pillows to do this. Once you’re all set, the radiographer will move into another room, or beyond a screen – you can talk to them at any time over the intercom. You’ll have to stay very still during your x-ray, which generally only takes a few seconds.

If your child is getting an x-ray, your radiographer may decide to use restraints to help them stay still. These aren’t painful, but can be distressing for young children. You may be able to stay with your child, but will need to wear a lead apron to avoid exposure to the x-ray.

After your procedure

You can go about your day straight afterwards. Images are produced digitally, so are available straight away. Radiologists will interpret the results and send a report to your primary healthcare provider – usually within two working days.

Who can't have an x-ray?

An x-ray is very safe, but may not be appropriate for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.