We are proud to partner with Shimadzu and Planmeca to offer the latest technology low dose digital radiology. Gippsland Lakes Medical Imaging offers digital plain X-rays, OPG (dental X-ray) and Cephalometry.
Digital X-rays can allow for up to 70% less radiation dose than conventional X-rays.
What is an X-ray?
An X-ray image or a “Radiograph” is produced when a very small amount of radiation passes through the body and strikes a highly sensitive detector which is placed on the opposite side of the body.
Who performs the X-ray?
The X-ray images are taken by highly qualified professionals known as Radiographers, these images are then reported upon by specialist doctors called Radiologists.
What happens during the examination?
The Radiographer may ask you to remove any clothing or jewellery which may obstruct the detail of the X-ray image, it may be necessary to wear a gown. The part of the body which is being imaged is then placed on the digital plate, or in front of the digital plate. The Radiographer then lines up the X-ray machine and then leaves to stand behind the protective screen while the image is taken. The actual taking of the images only takes a few seconds and you should feel no discomfort.
When the Radiographer is happy with the image or images the examination is over and you can leave. Your images are then digitally sent through to the Radiologist for reporting, which is then sent electronically to you referring doctor.
What are the risks of having too many X-rays?
Excessive exposure to too many X-rays in a short period of time can be harmful. X-rays are only requested by your doctor when it is considered completely necessary. At Gippsland Lakes Medical Imaging we use Digital technology which is the lowest dose X-ray imaging available and can be up to 70% less dose than conventional film and computed X-ray imaging.
Is there any preparation I should be aware of?
No there is no required preparation for a plain X-ray, however you might like to think about wearing clothing that makes the area of interest easily accessible, or clothing that is easily removed. And it is always advised not to wear a lot of jewellery.
Do I have to make an appointment for my X-ray?
No, you do not require an appointment for an X-ray, you can walk in at most times and have your X-ray as soon as possible, however if you would like a specific time and do not wish to wait or have special requirements, you are welcome to phone and arrange an appointment time.
How much will it cost?
We bulk-bill all pensioners, healthcare card holders for most procedures. All other patients do need to pay on the day an amount dependent on the procedure. All procedures allow you a Medicare rebate if you are eligible. We can lodge your claim immediately so the rebate should be in your bank account within 48 hours if you have registered your details with Medicare.
What happens to my results?
Your results are electronically sent to your referring doctor and any other healthcare provider you require a result to be sent to.
Do I get a copy of my images?
Your images are stored electronically, but if you require a copy of your images for a specialist, we can give you a copy on disc, or film to take away with you, we do prefer 24 hours’ notice if possible.