Bunbury Medical Imaging

X-RAY

GENERAL X-RAY – PATIENT INFORMATION

The following information is a direct extract from http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Healthy-WA/Articles/U_Z/X-ray.  Please don’t hesitate to ask our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

What is an X-ray?

X-rays use a special type of radiation to take pictures of bones and some parts inside the body, including the lungs. You will be asked to lie on a bed or sit down between the X-ray tube and a receiving plate which makes the picture.

A plain X-ray is used to look at bones for:

·         fractures

·         dislocated joints

·         fluid around bones and joints

·         infection

·         bone growths

·         bone diseases.

Benefits of X-rays

·         X-rays are painless, fast and easy.

·         No radiation is left in your body after the X-ray is finished.

Risks of X-rays

·         X-rays have possible risks for pregnant women and should only be performed in urgent situations.

·         There is a very small chance you could develop cancer in the long term from the radiation from an X-ray.

Preparation

·         Bring your referral letter or request form and all X-rays taken within the last 2 years with you.

·         Leave the X-rays with the radiology staff as the doctor may need to look at them. The radiology staff will tell you when these are              ready to be picked up.

·         Leave all jewellery and valuables at home.

Just before the X-ray

·         You may be given a gown to wear.

·         You may be asked to remove any metal objects.

 

 Tell your doctor

·         If you are or may be pregnant.

·         If you have difficulty taking a deep breath and holding your breath.

What happens during an X-ray?

X-ray staff will ask you to stand, sit or lie down depending on which part of the body is being X-rayed. Tell the staff if you have difficulty standing or sitting. X-ray staff may place a protective shield over the parts of your body not being X-rayed, or you may be asked to wear a protective apron. Once you are ready, the staff will go behind a screen or into the next room to start the X-ray machine. They will ask you to be still, and may ask you to take a deep breath and hold your breath during the X-rays. When your X-ray is finished you will be asked to wait while the staff check the pictures, as you may need another X-ray. The X-ray usually takes about 15 minutes including time taken to get ready.

Consent

You have the right to refuse an examination and may do so if you wish. A written consent is generally not required for plain X-rays.

Acknowledgements Diagnostic Imaging Pathways (external site)

 

 

 

 

 

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