X-rays may also be called a General Radiograph or radiograph. A radiograph is an image taken of your body by projecting x-rays through the body, using a detector plate to create an image. A radiograph can show damage to bones, organs or tissues. 

X-ray imaging is commonly used to visualise injuries of the arms and legs, but is also used for other parts of the body including the shoulder and chest. For these scans your limbs will be placed at particular angles on a receptor plate, and the camera will be positioned above you. The x-ray passes easily through soft tissues of the body, liquid and air, but is absorbed by denser material like bone. 

Bones are outlined on the image as being white, and any pockets of air or fluid are seen as black. For a chest or pelvis x-ray you may be asked to stand, rather than lie down. In all cases, every attempt is made to avoid unnecessary discomfort during the imaging process.

What you need to know


It is rare that you will need preparation, however any instructions will be given to you at the time of booking.

Time required

Approximately 5-15 minutes.

Will I need an injection?

There is no injection needed for an x-ray.


You will be exposed to a small amount of radiation during the examination, but this is minimal due to modern digital techniques and unlikely to cause any issues. 


The report from our radiologist will be forwarded to your doctor as soon as possible. If there are any urgent findings, a radiologist will notify your referring doctor immediately.

What do I need to bring?

  • Referral from your doctor 
  • Medicare card (if applicable)
  • Healthcare card/Pension card/Student card (if applicable) 
  • Previous x-rays/scans (if applicable)

What we need to know


Please advise us if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.


Please advise us of any medications you are taking. They may affect the timing of your appointment.


Please advise us of any allergies.