What is an X-ray?
An X-ray is produced using a small amount of radiation passing through the body, and hitting a detector placed on the other side of the body. This is the most common examination for assessing limbs, and the chest.
Dental X-rays: OPG and Lat Ceph
An OPG (Orthopantomogram) is a panoramic X-ray of the lower jaw on a single film. It is used primarily to assess teeth, but is different than the small films taken by the dentist. The OPG films also may be used to assess the joints in the jaw, called the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs.
During your examination you will be standing with your chin resting on a small block, and you will be asked to bite onto a small sterile mouth piece. While you are standing very still, the machine will rotate around your head to take the panoramic image.
A Lat Ceph (Lateral Cephalometric Radiograph) is a side view of the face which demonstrates bones in profile on a single film. Lat Cephs are usually used for orthodontics.
During your examination you will be standing with your head against the X-ray detector. Small sterile plastic pieces will be placed just inside your ear to ensure that your face is perfectly straight.
Preparation for your X-ray
There is no preparation required for plain X-rays, but as metal objects can interfere with X-rays, you may be asked to change into a gown. You may also be asked to remove objects such as glasses, jewellery, and even hearing aids.
Please inform the radiographer if you are or you suspect you may be pregnant.
After your X-ray
After your examination is finished, the X-rays are then assessed by a Radiologist (Doctor who has specialised in Medical Imaging) and these reports will be electronically sent to your doctor with electronic images also being available.
Do I need an appointment?
Plain X-rays do not require appointments and are done on a walk-in basis during our regular practice hours from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, and plain X-rays only may also be performed on Saturday mornings between 9-11am.
Who performs X-Rays ?
All X-rays are performed by registered Medical Imaging Technologists (Radiographers). A Radiographer is a specialist technologist who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Examinations such as X-ray, CT, and MRI are all performed by Radiographers.
At Geraldton Radiology, we often have student radiographers, or registered radiographers who are training in new areas. In the event that a student/trainee performs your examination, they will be supervised either directly or indirectly by a senior Radiographer.