This investigation is available at The Alfred only. This information is for patients attending Alfred Health Radiology.
What is an OPG?
An OPG machine uses x-rays to take images of your teeth and the surrounding bone and skull. It is usually used by dentists and oral surgeons.
What preparation is required for an OPG?
- You must have a referral form from a medical practitioner
- There is no other preparation required for an OPG
- If you have been referred by your doctor and would like to make an appointment, please contact Radiology Appointments on (03) 9076 0357 (The Alfred OPG appointments)
What happens during an OPG?
- Please let the radiographer know if there is any chance you may be pregnant
- You will be asked to remove jewellery and other metal from your ears and face; you may need to change into a hospital gown
- The radiographer will ask you to sit under the machine while the scanner moves across your face
- You need to be as still as possible to avoid blurring the image
- A single examination usually takes an average of 10 minutes
What happens after an OPG?
- All our x-rays are digital, you do not need to take films with you when you leave
- The radiologist’s report is automatically forwarded to your doctor/dentist
- Please return to your doctor/dentist to discuss examination results