X-ray is a form of electromagnetic waves and it is the first line of investigation for assessing possible fractures or chest infection.

When X-ray beams contact the body, varying amount of X-ray will pass through depending on different body tissues. For example, bones readily absorb X-ray and will appear to be white on X-ray whereas lungs, which are mostly made up of air, will appear black.

X-ray uses radiation to form the image. We adhere to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle to minimize radiation dose while trying to achieve the best diagnostic image possible. Regular quality control and accreditation processes are also in place to ensure the quality is maintained and to identify any possible issues, while utilizing the lowest possible dose.


No Preparation is Required for X-ray.

Please bring the following to the clinic (if applicable)

  • Valid referral
  • Medicare/Healthcare/Pension card
  • Prior scans (e.g. X-rays, Ultrasounds, CT, MRI) and reports.

At the appointment, the radiographer will go through a checklist to ensure we are performing the correct exam on the correct patient.  For female patients, please inform the radiographer if there is a possibility that you may be pregnant. A written consent will then sought prior to the exam.

You may be asked to change into a gown and remove jewellery and other metal objects. X-rays examinations generally only take a short amount of time but some may require a longer appointment depending on the number of body parts imaged and complexity of the request. You will be given an indication of the examination when you make your booking.

Bulk Billing available for valid referrals.

Should you have any further questions please ask the radiographer or you may like to have a look at the following websites:

Inside Radiology

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency