What is a Dental X-ray (OPG)?
A Dental X-ray or OPG is an x-ray that looks at the lower half of your face, it shows the upper and lower teeth, surrounding structure and tissues in a long flat line.
OPG or orthopantomogram, is a non-invasive medical test that helps diagnose and treat medical conditions, it can also reveal the number, position and growth of all your teeth including those that have yet to surface.
How should I prepare for an OPG?
For an OPG there is no preparation. A radiographer will prepare you for your examination before your scan. You will be asked to remove your jewellery from the area being imaged, eye glasses, hair pins and any metal objects that might interfere with the x-ray images.
Women should inform/discuss with their dentist or oral surgeon if there is any possibility they are pregnant.
There is no need to book an appointment for this procedure, please have your referral and previous films on the day.
On the day of your appointment
Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you on arrival and a member of staff will take your details. A radiographer will collect you from our reception area and take you to the OPG room, you will be asked to remove your jewellery and hair pins. Our friendly radiographer will explain everything as they go along, they will position you under the OPG machine and carefully place your chin, forehand in a side rest and secure your head. A bite blocker is placed in your mouth to ensure alignment of teeth.
You will remain very still while a rotating arm travels in a semicircle around your head. This normally takes between 12-20 seconds. The procedure is very brief and generally will take 15 minutes or less, it’s painless and simple.
Once your dental x-ray has been completed our radiographer will take you back to reception. Our receptionist will give you hardcopy films or a CD for your use. A radiologist will produce a report which will be sent directly to your dentist and or oral specialist – please contact your dentist or oral specialist in order to discuss results.
Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for payment on the day. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, we can lodge Medicare claims electronically so as your Medicare rebate is directly deposited into your bank account.
Pensioners and healthcare card-holders will be bulked billed for all items covered under the Medicare schedule, although some surgical procedures and scans may incur a cost, as they are not covered under Medicare. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please have your Medicare card ready to present to reception.