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Introducing Umhlanga New

X-Ray Services

087 700 9769

Preparation

Once at our rooms, you will be taken to a change room. You will be requested to remove relevant clothing and jewellery and to wear the provided examination gown.

All metal objects, such as keys, clips, buttons, coins and mobile phones, must be removed from the path of the X-ray beam.

Some body parts which are sensitive to radiation may be protected with a lead shield. The area to be examined will need to be exposed but the rest of you will be covered.

You will be placed between an X-ray tube and an X-ray receiver and asked to lie still whilst the X-ray is taken (less than a second). You may also be asked to hold your breath.

Procedure

Some X-ray procedures take a short amount of time and others may take longer depending on the complexity of the examination and the number of X-rays required.

X-rays may be taken from several different angles so that the radiologist can gain as much information as possible.

Female patients who know or think that they might be pregnant, must advise the radiographer of this upon arrival and before the examination.

If there is any doubt, a different test that doesn’t use X-rays may be performed.

If no substitute test is appropriate, then the test may be postponed and the need for the examination discussed with your clinician.

The risk of harm from a diagnostic X-ray scan in an adult is very small and needs to be balanced against the risk of not performing the study. The information gained from an X-ray, such as an early diagnosis and treatment, may have significant health benefits.

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