An x-ray is a common and non-invasive imaging test using electromagnetic radiation to view the inside of your body and to diagnose and treat many medical conditions. X-rays can be used to detect conditions such as fractures, osteoporosis, bone tumors, arthritis, dental decay, infections, lung infections, breast cancer, blocked blood vessels and digestive tract issues.
You will be required to change into a hospital gown before the procedure.
You will also be asked if you have any metal in your body, which may be in the form of artificial joints, pacemakers, implants or stents.
In some cases, a contrast material may have to be ingested to improve the quality of the images. You will be required to fast before an x-ray to examine the gastrointestinal tract.
An x-ray is performed in our Diagnostic Imaging department and is a painless and non-invasive procedure.
You will stand in front of a specialised plate that contains x-ray film and will asked to position your body to create clear images. X-rays are usually obtained while you are in a standing position.
In some cases, you may be asked to lie or sit on a specialised plate while a large camera connected to a steel arm moves over your body to capture x-ray images.
It’s important to stay still while the images are being taken to provide the clearest images possible.
You will be able to leave the hospital immediately after the procedure and will be given a follow up appointment to review your test results. Should you feel unwell, contact your doctor immediately or call our 24-HR Emergency Clinic.