X-ray imaging

X-rays are a medical imaging (radiology) test, that use a type of radiation to penetrate the body to create a 2-dimensional image (or picture).

X-rays are a very common investigation tool. Each year in Australia there are over 7 million Medicare claims for X-ray examinations.

While CT scans and other types of imaging are preferred to X-rays in some situations, X-rays are still preferred for identifying bone and joint problems.

Read Karen's story to learn more about X-rays and back pain.

Questions to ask your health professional about imaging

  • How will the imaging help my condition or injury?
  • What does the imaging procedure involve?
  • Are there any risks associated with the imaging?
  • Are there other options?
  • How much will the imaging cost?

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