Queensland Diagnostic Imaging


What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is when a small amount of radiation is passed through part of a patient’s body to create a two-dimensional image. Fluoroscopy procedures are another form of x-ray imaging such as barium swallows and arthrograms. 

What is an X-ray used to diagnose?

An X-ray is used to help examine an area where you’re feeling pain or discomfort, or to monitor the progression of a diagnosed disease or to check how well a treatment is working. 

Some of the most common uses of X-ray imaging include detecting conditions affecting the chest (heart and lungs) and bones.

How long does it take?

An X-ray takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the number of regions being examined

How should I prepare?

X-rays are standard procedures and usually require no preparation. 

Fluoroscopy procedures may require preparation and you will be advised at the time of booking. 

Some X-rays require the use of contrast material (a type of dye) to improve the image quality. Depending on the reason for your scan, this may be given as a liquid to swallow, an injection or an enema. 

You may also be required to fast before your appointment. If your X-ray requires specific preparation, we’ll let you know when you make your appointment.

You should let us know when you make the appointment: 

  • if you have a pacemaker, brain aneurysm clips, heart clips, ear implants, cochlear implants or any other implanted devices or prostheses
  • if you have any metal foreign bodies in your body, including shrapnel
  • if you’re pregnant or may possibly be pregnant
  • if you suffer from claustrophobia.

Please bring any previous X-ray images that are relevant to your examination. Your radiologist may use these for comparison. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that any paperwork can be completed.

What can I expect during the X-ray?

You may be required to remove items like jewellery, coins, keys, belts and/or change into a patient gown.

Your radiographer will direct you into the required positions to obtain the best images. You will need to stay still and hold your breath if requested.

What will it cost?

If you have a current Medicare card and referral form from your health practitioner, you may be able to claim a Medicare rebate. If there’s an out-of-pocket expense, we’ll let you know when you book your appointment.

When will I get the results?

We will prepare a report for your doctor or health practitioner and send it electronically within 24 – 48 hours. You should make an appointment with your referring doctor to receive and talk about your test results.

What are the potential side effects of an X-ray?

X-rays use a small amount of radiation to create images of the body. The level of radiation exposure is considered safe for most adults and children. If you’re pregnant, or believe you’re pregnant, discuss alternative methods to imaging with your doctor.

Appointment Preparation
  • Follow preparations advised at the time of booking appointment.
  • Quoted fees payable at the completion of your appointment.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.

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Where can I have an X-ray?

QDI performs X-rays at all of our clinics.

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