X-ray imaging is one of the most common examinations in radiology. It is used to demonstrate the skeletal system and some soft tissues.
An x-ray examination can only be undertaken following a request from a medical professional such as a doctor, specialist, physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor. You will be provided with a referral form that you must bring with you to your appointment.
Xrays are a form of unseen, high frequency electromagnetic radiation. X-rays are very small and energetic and are produced by accelerating electrons at a metal target. X-rays are used in various medical applications, especially for imaging.
Preparation: No specific preparation is required for an x-ray examination. Depending on the area of the body that requires the x-ray, you may be asked to change into a gown and/or remove any jewellery or adornments.
During the examination: A trained Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) will position you so that the area that requires the x-ray is close to the image plate. It is important that you remain as still as possible while the x-ray is being taken.
Following your examination: A radiologist will interpret the x-ray images and provide a formal report which will be distributed to your referrer. This will occur within 24 hours and often much sooner. However if your examination was urgent a radiologist can make contact directly with the clinican that referred you to pass on a preliminary report of the findings.