Different body tissues vary in their absorption of x-rays. This means bones, soft tissues and other internal features can be seen on the screen in varying shades of gray.
We also have Radiologist on site at all times to report images as they are performed. This ensures an accurate and timely diagnosis for all patients. X-rays are usually interpreted and reported within the hour.
Our X-ray department is open between the hours of 8:30AM to 5:00PM during the week, with the exception of Thursdays, when the department opens at 8:00AM.
An X-ray image of the hands
Preparation for your x-ray
There is no preparation needed and there are no after effects. Our x-ray department is open between the hours of 8:30AM to 4:30PM. You do not need to make any appointment for an x-ray, however you will need to make an appointment for additional procedures such as Ultrasound or MRI.
You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewellery, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
If the cost of your X-ray is to be covered by ACC, there will be a surcharge which is payable on the day of your exam. Please read our Accounts and Surcharges page for more information →
During the procedure
A radiographer, one of our staff trained in operating the x-ray equipment, will call you through to have your x-ray taken. Depending on the examination requested, you may be asked to stand, sit, or lie down on a bed.
It is important that you remain still when the x-ray is being taken. The radiographer may ask you to hold your breath for a brief moment in order to get a clear image. The entire procedure usually takes around 10 minutes.
After the procedure
Following your x-ray, the images will be electronically sent to one of our doctors for interpretation. Your doctor will also be able to view these images from their clinic.
If your doctor has specified it on your referral form, you may be given your films or a CD to take away with you. Our Radiologist’s report will be sent to your doctor electronically. To learn how to open the images on the CD, visit our Images on Disc page.
- Previous films and CDs may be of use to our Radiologists when they are interpreting your x-ray. Please bring these with you to your appointment.
- Park in the basement car parks marked ‘Medical Centre’, otherwise you may be towed. Read our Parking and Transportation page for more information.
- We are located in Building C of Ascot Office Park. Take the lift to level 2 for x-ray examinations.