General X-ray

The discovery of x-rays by William Roentgen in 1896 was one of the greatest breakthroughs in medical history. X-rays remain the cornerstone of medical imaging, also known as radiology, and are used to diagnose a diverse range of medical conditions, such as bone fractures, lung infections and tumours, kidney stones and bowel obstruction.

X-rays are part of the radiation spectrum along with visible light or radio waves. X-rays pass through the body, which absorbs the radiation in varying degrees. Bone absorbs much of the radiation producing a white area on x-ray film, while soft tissues, such as muscle, fat and organs appear grey because these areas allow much of the x-ray to pass through. Air appears black because no radiation is absorbed.

At Lake Imaging we use the latest digital x-ray technology to create and store x-ray images. If you are a registered a referrer you can access your patient’s digital x-rays, scans and reports through our secure online archival system, or view the films we provide. For more information about registering to access patient images visit the Request Access to online images section.

General x-rays are performed at all Lake Imaging locations:

A radiologist will interpret the patient’s x-rays and provide an expert. At Lake Imaging, we compare and monitor all relevant, previous imaging for a more comprehensive evaluation and report. Patients will be advised to return to the doctor who referred them to discuss the results.

If a radiologist believes that a patient will benefit from further imaging, such as ultrasound, MRI or CT, that will be noted in the report. Follow-up imaging is sometimes the best way to see if treatment is effective or if an abnormality gets worse. A patient with a bone fracture will need x-rays at regular intervals to show if the fracture is healing properly.


If you know a patient is pregnant or suspects that she might be pregnant, please add that information to the clinical notes section of the request form.

Many imaging tests that use x-rays are not performed during pregnancy, in order to avoid exposing the fetus to unnecessary radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions are taken to minimise exposure.