Information for patients attending Alfred Health Radiology
What is an x-ray?
An x-ray examination is used to produce images of the bones and internal organs. These images and the radiologist’s report can help your doctor diagnose or monitor a wide range of diseases or injuries. Any part of the body can be x-rayed.
What preparation is required for an x-ray?
- You must have a referral form from a medical practitioner
- There is no other preparation required for a plain x-ray examination but wearing clothes without buttons, metal zips, buckles or hooks around the area being x-rayed does help
- An appointment is not normally required for an x-ray. However, if you have been referred by your doctor and would like to make an appointment, please contact Radiology at either our Alfred or our Sandringham site:
- 03 9076 0357 (The Alfred x-ray appointments)
- 03 9076 1411 (Sandringham Radiology Appointments)
What happens during an x-ray?
- 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 the body part we are examining; you may need to change into a hospital gown
- The radiographer will ask you to lie or stand in different positions for the images and they may need to feel for bones or help you move into the best position
- X-rays need you to be as still as possible to avoid blurring the image. Sometimes the radiographer will ask you to hold your breath for a short time
- A single examination will take an average of 10 minutes, but may take up to one hour for more complex examinations or multiple body areas
What happens after an x-ray?
- 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
- Please return to your doctor to discuss examination results