General X-Ray

Broadway Radiology has been providing an outstanding imaging service to the manawatu and horowhenua communities for over 20 years

The X-ray service is a ‘Walk In’ service. No Appointment is necessary. You will need to bring your X-ray referral form (from your doctor) with you. Please also bring your Community Services Card if you have one.

 

X-Rays are most doctors’ ‘front line’ method of imaging.  They are the fastest and easiest way to image the internal structures of the body - especially bone.

 

X-Rays are often used to

  • Diagnose a broken bone or dislocated joint.
  • To check alignment and stabilisation of fractures after treatment.
  • Guide orthopaedic surgery e.g. joint replacements.
  • Look for arthritis, bony ‘growths’ or other bone changes.
  • Detect some bone cancers.
  • Locate ‘foreign objects’ (e.g. glass or metal fragments) in soft tissues or bone.

 

They may be used in conjunction with other imaging modalities to visualise structures made of ‘soft tissue’ such as muscles, tendons or the organs inside the chest or abdomen.

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR x-ray

  • There is no special medical preparation needed for an X-Ray examination. We do ask, however, that you call and tell us if you need any special assistance before, or during, your time with us. (e.g. if you need a wheelchair to get from your vehicle or if you use a hoist at home.)

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR EXAMINATION

  • On arrival you will be greeted by reception staff who will check your personal details and enter your doctor’s request onto our computer system. This may take a few minutes.
  • You will then be collected by one of our Radiographers who will take you to the X-Ray area.
  • Ladies. If you are pregnant, or think you might be, please tell a member of staff before you have your X-Ray. The Radiographer can then talk to you about the issues surrounding radiation and pregnancy.
  • Broadway Radiology is a teaching institution. If a student is present you will be informed. Please tell us if you are not comfortable with them being a part of your examination.
  • You may be asked to remove some of your clothing, jewellery, dentures, glasses or any other metal objects which might show on the area being X-Rayed. Gowns are provided for you to put on if necessary and there are cubicles, with robes, for you to use. We recommend that you keep your valuables with you at all times.
  • The Radiographer will then take you to the X-Ray room and explain your examination to you.
  • You may be asked to stand, sit, or lay down for your X-Ray. The number of images the Radiographer will take depends on which part of you is being examined.
  • The X-Ray itself cannot be felt, but moving into the correct positions for your X-Rays may cause discomfort if you have an injury or are already in pain.

 

AFTER YOUR EXAMINATION 

  • After your X-Ray has been completed, the images are examined by one of our onsite qualified radiologists. Once this has been done a report will be sent to your referring doctor or other health professional who can discuss your results with you.
  • The Radiographer is responsible for performing the imaging and collecting the data. They are not qualified to provide interpretation. If you wish to clarify your result please either contact your referring doctor or call us here at Broadway where a Radiologist can assist you.

 

 

For any questions you may have before or after your examination, please Contact Us.  

 

 

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