What Is An X-Ray?

An X-ray (radiograph) is a special image that uses radiation to create pictures of bones and other internal tissues such as your lungs and bowel. GVIG uses state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment, resulting in a reduced amount of radiation being used, whilst still achieving excellent image quality.


Preparation for My X-Ray

Generally, you are not required to make any special preparation for a basic x-ray.
You will usually be asked to remove any metal objects such as jewellery, watches, keys and coins as these can show up on the x-ray and therefore affect the quality of the image.
Additionally, some fabrics or garments may affect the quality of the image taken. Examples are jeans or trousers, and brassieres. Depending on which body part you are having x-rayed you may be requested to remove these types of clothing, and you will be provided with a gown to wear instead. You may find it more comfortable to wear separate tops and bottoms on the day of your x-ray.

What Happens During My X-Ray?

During your x-ray you will be asked to stand or lie down in different positions. This will enable the radiographer to obtain the best possible digital image of the body part which is being x-rayed.
In the course of your x-ray you will be asked to remain as still as possible, or sometimes, to hold your breath, in order to improve the quality of the image. Any movement during an x-ray may blur the image, much like a photograph appears blurred when someone moves. Should this happen, the image may need to be repeated.

How Long Will My X-Ray Take?

Usually an x-ray will only take a few minutes per body part, however it may be necessary for you to wait while the images are reviewed by the radiographer to see if any more images are needed.

Are There Any After Effects Or Risks With An X-Ray?

There are no after effects from a general x-ray and you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
During your x-ray, you will be exposed to a low level of radiation. Experts feel that the risk to your health from this is very small, as the low risk is far outweighed by the benefits from your test.
If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, please tell your doctor and our staff, before your x-ray, as an x-ray may affect an unborn baby.

What Are The Benefits Of An X-Ray?

X-rays are both an effective and quick way of evaluating internal parts of your body. This includes your bones, and some internal tissues and organs.

Who Performs The X-Ray?

The person who operates the x-ray and digital radiography equipment to take your images is a qualified Radiographer. They have completed tertiary qualifications and are registered with the Medical Radiation Practitioners Board of Victoria. Additionally, they have been licensed by the Department of Human Services to use radiation.

Who Reports My X-Ray?

Once all your images have been taken, they will be viewed by the Radiologist (a medical doctor with specialist credentialing and qualifications from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists – RANZCR).
The Radiologist will then prepare a written report for your doctor. This report should be received within 1 – 2 working days. If you have a doctor’s appointment already scheduled please let our staff know so that we can ensure your report is sent to your doctor prior to your appointment.

Further Questions

Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact us and ask to speak to a Radiographer or the Practice Manager.