General x-ray

What is an x-ray?

An x-ray is the most common imaging tool used to assess injured bones, chest infections or diseases and certain bowel complaints. A small amount of radiation is used when a picture is taken of the inside of the body by an x-ray machine. The x-rays pass through your skin and muscle but will be absorbed by bones and teeth, so when you look at a film the bones appear white, soft tissue appears grey and air will appear black.

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 will not have to make an appointment If you are pregnant or think you may be, please inform Epworth Medical Imaging staff who will give you advice.

Remember to bring your previous x-rays with you.

On the day of your appointment

Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you upon 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.

An x-ray can take up to 5-20 minutes depending on the type of examination.


Once your 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. The radiologist will produce a report which will be sent directly to your GP or specialist – please contact your GP or 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 direct 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.

Locations where we offer this procedure:

Epworth Freemasons
Epworth Richmond
Epworth Geelong

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