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Clinics & services

X-ray, MRI & ultrasound scans

General x-ray

Information about having a general x-ray.

What to expect

Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may be asked to change into a gown.

Your radiographer will position the relevant part of your body over the imaging plate. You may need to sit, stand or lie down.

Your radiographer may ask you to hold your breath. They will ask you to stay still during the x-ray, so that we can get the best picture.

You will receive a small dose of x-ray radiation. Your doctor believes that the benefit to you of having an x-ray outweighs the risk of this small dose of radiation. If you have concerns, speak to your doctor or to our staff.

What to bring

When you come to hospital for your appointment, you need to bring:

  • Please bring any paperwork that you have been given about your test or examination
  • Medicare card
  • Health care card/concession card (if applicable)
  • Private health insurance details (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes) including herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame (if applicable)
  • Your blood glucose meter and log book (if applicable)
  • WorkCover or TAC details (if applicable)

What to leave at home:

  • Jewellery
  • Anything metal
  • Other valuables

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