• Fast procedure
  • Often walk-in service no appointment necessary
  • Wearing of plain, comfortable clothes

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Everything you need to know about X-rays

How X-ray scans work

X-rays produce a 2-Dimensional image to examine internal body parts. An x-ray is very fast, just like taking a photograph. The radiologist/medical imaging specialist reviews the images and sends the results to your referring Doctor.

An x-ray can be used to examine most parts of the body, including:

  • Bones & joints
  • Teeth
  • The lungs and abdomen

What to expect

X-ray poses a relatively low-risk for all ages, including newborns.

An x-ray is a relatively low-risk procedure that is used for all ages, including newborns.

Upon your arrival at the Radiology Department, you may be asked to change into a gown depending on the x-ray. The radiographer will take you to the x-ray room where you may be seated, standing or lying on the x-ray table for your imaging. The radiographer will adjust the body area into the correct position and ask you to hold very still. You may be asked to hold your breath - this is very important.

The day of the X-ray

The night before the X-ray
Good night's sleep

1 hour prior
Remove jewellery and leave at home

30 mins prior
Arrive early

The X-ray
5 - 15 mins procedure

10 - 20 min after
Time to go home

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Can I eat and drink before an X-ray?

Yes. Plain x-ray doesn't require any special diet or fasting.

What should I bring for an X-ray?

Firstly, bring your referral or letter from your doctor as this will speed up the registration process. If you have any x-rays of the same body part, bring those as well. This can be helpful for the Radiologist.

What should I wear for an X-ray?

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing with no buttons, zippers or studs. You may be asked to take off any clothing that has metal in it and change into a gown for the x-ray.

What happens after an X-ray?

The Radiologist will review your x-rays and send a written report to your doctor.

Meet Dr Peter Zheng

Consultant Radiologist, Lumus Imaging, Brisbane

"We are constantly adopting the latest technology and ideas, expanding into regional, rural and metropolitan areas, and attracting professionals with genuine talent and enthusiasm at every level. "

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