Need a digital X-ray in Perth? At Imaging Central we use the latest digital X-ray equipment that yields optimum image quality at high resolution, with less radiation exposure due to advanced engineering technology.
No appointments necessary. Simply drop by our Claremont clinic.
What is an X-ray?
An X-ray device uses low-dose radiation to create pictures of bones and other internal tissues such as your lungs and bowel. Imaging Central invests in state-of-the-art digital X-ray equipment, resulting in excellent image quality at a fraction on the conventional X-ray radiation dose.
X-rays are an effective and quick way of evaluating internal parts of your body such as bones and lungs.
Preparing for an X-ray procedure
A basic X ray in Perth does not require any special preparation.
Metal objects such as watches, keys, coins and jewellery will show up on the X-ray affecting the images and will need to be removed. You may be provided with a gown to wear instead of your own clothes, as some materials and prints will show up on the X-ray.
- If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, tell your doctor and our staff, as X-rays can affect an unborn baby.
- Please bring any previous imaging films you have at home. It is often essential for our doctor to compare with your prior x- rays and scans.
- At Imaging Central, no appointments are needed for digital X-rays procedures. Walk in Walk out.
- Don’t forget your referral form. You can choose to attend our practice even if you have a referral form by another radiology provider.
What to expect during an X-ray procedure
The person who operates the X-ray/digital radiography equipment is the Radiographer.
Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays pass through most objects, including the body. Different parts of the body absorb the X-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allow more of the X-rays to pass through them. As a result, bones appear white on the X-ray, soft tissue shows up in shades of gray and air appears black.
Generally, two or three X-rays will be taken depending on the body part that is being viewed. Our attending radiographer will ask you to stand or lie down in different positions that allow the best digital image of the body part of interest. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the very short exposure time. If necessary, you will be instructed to hold your breath in order to prevent motion from blurring the images.
An X ray at Perth’s Imaging Central will only take a few minutes’ preparation and exposure for each body part. The image is generated instantly by our state-of-the-art equipment. When the test is over, it may be necessary to wait while the images are reviewed to see if more are needed.
At Imaging Central, we aim to provide the highest level of patient care at all times. We have the latest imaging technology and highly trained experienced staff (not students/trainees) performing your scans. In order to provide this high level of care there may be a gap payment required for certain examinations and procedures. However we do offer some bulk billing appointments on a daily basis so ask our reception staff about availability. Please feel free to review our Billing Policy and note that pensioners, HCC holders and university students are always bulk billed for all rebate-able examinations
Your X-ray results
The person who views the X-ray images and interprets them is a specialist doctor – a Radiologist.
At Imaging Central, your radiologist interprets the X-ray images and provides a written report to your doctor or referring health professional on the day of the X-ray procedure. If there is an unexpected or urgent finding, our radiologist will call your doctor to advise.
You may need to make an appointment to discuss the results with your doctor.
In Perth, X ray images are digitally recorded on computer and film and stored at Imaging Central for seven years.
Where can I find further information?
If you would like to know more, call our Claremont clinic on (08) 9284 6900 and you will speak directly to one of our friendly Patients’ Service team members who will happily answer any of your questions.
Making an appointment
At Imaging Central, no appointments are required for digital X-ray procedures. We accept all walk-ins, and referral forms from other radiology practices.