General x-ray

What is an x-ray?

X-ray is the most common imaging tool and is used to assess damaged bones, chest infections or diseases, and certain bowel complaints. During an X-ray, a very small amount of ionising radiation is passed through the body, which is absorbed by the bones to create a two-dimensional image. (The amount of radiation from one adult chest X-ray is equal to 10 days of natural background radiation).

At Epworth Medical Imaging, we use the latest digital X-ray technology with low-dose detectors to ensure minimal radiation exposure without compromising on image quality. Preview images are available to the radiographer to check within seconds.

How should I prepare for an x-ray?

There is no preparation for an X-ray. If you have a referral for a general X-ray, you do not require an appointment, however for your safety and that of your unborn child, it is essential that you inform Epworth Medical Imaging staff if you are pregnant or think you may be.

Remember to bring any previous X-rays with you.

On the day of your appointment

Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you on arrival and will take your details. A radiographer will collect you from our reception area and take you into the X-ray room.

Generally you will remain dressed for your procedure, however you must remove any jewellery or metal objects before your examination.

You will be asked to lie down or to sit on an X-ray bed, depending on the type of scan requested. Often multiple views are required and the radiographer will move you into the best position for the area being investigated. You may be given breathing instructions to ensure that you remain still for each image.

The radiographer will operate the X-ray machine from behind a screen in the X-ray room and will be on-hand to help you if required.

Most X-rays take less than 15 minutes.


When your X-ray is completed, the radiographer will escort you to reception where you will be given hardcopy films or a CD. The radiologist will produce a report, which will be sent directly to your GP or specialist. Please contact your referring doctor to discuss results.


Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for on-the-day payment. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, claims can be lodged electronically to ensure that your Medicare rebate is deposited directly into your bank account.

Pensioner Concession, Health Care, Commonwealth Seniors Health and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold cardholders will be bulk-billed for all Medicare-eligible outpatient items. Some surgical procedures and scans that are not covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule may incur an out-of-pocket cost. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please present your Medicare card and any concession cards to reception on arrival.

Locations where we offer this procedure:

Epworth Freemasons
Epworth Richmond
Epworth Geelong

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