What is an X-Ray?

An X-Ray, also known as a radiograph, is a diagnostic imaging procedure where a very small dose of radiation, or X-Ray, is used to generate a high-definition image of the bones and soft tissues. This can assist with the diagnosis of a wide variety of conditions, including fractures and other conditions involving bones, and also conditions of the lungs, bowel and spine.

X-Rays were discovered over a century ago, with the very first diagnostic X-Ray performed by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1896, who took an X-Ray of his wife’s hand. Modern X-Rays use far more sophisticated low-dose, high-definition technology, including AI, and remain a very useful test in many clinical situations.

The X-Ray equipment in our Gold Coast Benowa clinic uses leading-edge technology to produce high-definition X-Ray images using the tiniest possible radiation dose.

The test is fast, painless, and usually takes just a few minutes.

What Happens During My X-Ray Appointment?

Typically an X-Ray takes only takes a few minutes. Sometimes the radiographer may ask the specialist radiologist to review the films, and in some cases, additional views may be required.

You may be asked to change into a gown or remove certain items of clothing to ensure the best quality images are obtained.

What are the risks of having an X-Ray?

An X-Ray uses a very small dose of radiation. Your doctor understands the risks and benefits of the test, and as with all medical imaging tests, the clinical benefits in your situation have been considered to outweigh any small hypothetical risk. No radiation remains in your body after having an X-Ray.


Please advise our staff if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, as having an X-Ray may carry a small theoretical risk to an unborn baby.

X-Ray Fees

PRS has a bulk billing policy for all Medicare-eligible X-Ray referrals.

X-Ray Results

Our specialist Gold Coast based radiologist doctors will analyse your X-Ray images following your appointment, and your results and images will be promptly electronically delivered to your referrer, mostly on the same day. Urgent results are typically telephoned through to your referrer.

You will need to return to see your referrer to discuss your results and any further management.

Our radiologists are always happy to discuss the scan findings with your referrer, and suggest any further tests or imaging guided procedures that may be appropriate in further management.

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