Plain X-rays are the basic imaging method for diagnosing disease. Plain X-rays of the chest, sinuses, bones and spine are used as the primary method for diagnosing infections, trauma and diseases of bones due to wear and tear. With our digital systems radiation dose is reduced.
How safe are X-rays?
The risks associated with medical X-rays are frequently exaggerated. If you are worried about any treatment or scans you may be having, speak to your GP, your specialist or one of our radiographers. If they know of your concerns they will always make time to explain the examination or treatment in more detail.
Your X-ray will be taken by a radiographer. Radiographers are highly trained technicians.
Radiologists are medical specialists and their function is to inspect and interpret the images and report the findings to the referring GP or specialist. A radiologist first has to train as a doctor and then spends at least another four years, learning the necessary skills and knowledge to select the most suitable methods and materials for successful diagnosis and to minimise the risks to patients of the powerful equipment. Nowadays much of the radiologist’s time is occupied in helping to decide upon the best management of patients’ problems, and in performing and interpreting complicated procedures.
At Constantiaberg Hospital a radiologist is on-call 24 hours a day to deal with emergency cases.