X-Ray & Fluoroscopy

What is an X-ray?

An x-ray is a simple and painless test that takes detailed pictures of the inside of your body. They are mainly used to study bones and joints and are sometimes used to look at internal organs. The x-ray machine uses a tube to produce an x-ray beam that is carefully aimed at the part of the body being examined.

Fluoroscopy is a special type of x-ray that gives a real-time video image on television monitors by taking continuous x-ray images of the body. It is useful for seeing dynamic bodily functions, such as the act of swallowing.

Are x-rays safe?

If you are having an x-ray you will be exposed to some radiation. However, the part of your body being examined will only be exposed for a fraction of a second. The dose of radiation from a standard x-ray is the same amount of radiation that the average person receives from 10 days of naturally occurring background radiation. Your doctor will have referred you for an x-ray having fully assessed all possible risks and benefits.

Will it be comfortable?

X-rays are painless and our team will ensure you as comfortable as possible.


You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for your scan; a few simple instructions below:

  • On the day of your appointment you will need to arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment time.
  • Leave valuable possessions, such as jewellery and watches, at home.

The Scan/What to expect

The scan will take approximately 5-10 minutes.

  • You may be required to wear a hospital gown and remove any items that have metal (for example, glasses, jewellery and watches).
  • You may also be asked to hold your breath during the scan to avoid blurry images.
  • The radiographer may ask you to change position to allow images from different viewpoints.

After the scan

Patients are able to leave immediately after their x-ray and can carry on with their normal activities.

Results are usually ready within 24-48 hours and sent to the referring clinician. All patients are supplied with a CD consisting of the images from their scan.