An x-ray, or plain radiograph, is an image produced using low dose radiation. This type of imaging is most commonly used to assess a patients bones as well as some internal organs including the lungs, heart and bowel. CitiScan Radiology uses state of the art x-ray equipment, ensuring the lowest possible radiation dose while maintaining superior image quality.
A Radiographer (person trained to operate radiographic equipment) will take your x-rays. A Radiologist (specialist doctor trained to interpret medical images) will interpret your x-rays.
For most plain x-ray examinations, there is no specific preparation required however, there are some important things that will help to speed your examination along:
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your examination with your referral. This allows time for any additional paperwork to be completed.
Metallic objects like piercings, hair clips, jewellery & coins will show up on your x-ray. Please remove these items where appropriate prior to your examination (for example: remove rings if having an x-ray of your hand)
Inform staff prior to your examination if you are or suspect you may be pregnant.
During your examination
Prior to your examination, you may be asked to change into a gown. Depending on the area being examined, the radiographer may direct you to stand, sit or lie down for your x-ray. Some examinations may require you to hold your breath for a few seconds. It is important to follow the instructions given by the radiographer to ensure the best possible images can be produced. The number of x-rays the radiographer will take will depend on the area being examined. Some areas require more images than others. Most examinations are usually completed within 15 minutes.
AFTER YOUR EXAMINATION
After your examination, you will be able to resume normal activities.
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