General X-Ray, or radiography, is an exam that captures clear, precise images using radiation.
Radiation, a form of energy, exists in nature and emanates from the atmosphere and earth. As with many naturally-occurring substances, radiation, in moderation, is considered harmless.
X-Ray beams can pass through the human body. When they strike a detector, they produce a picture. Our top-of-the line X-ray system has low dose to minimize radiation exposure to the patient.
Most examinations take less than 15 minutes.
No preparation is required for general X-Ray, but may be required for other X-Ray procedures involving X-Rays.
An ultrasound is an imaging examination that uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of various parts of the body. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as real-time visual images. Ultrasound uses no radiation and a technician called a sonographer performs the scan.
Examinations can take from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the type of ultrasound your doctor has requested.
Do not eat or drink anything from 6 hours before your examination. Do not smoke during this period either. An overnight fast with no breakfast and early morning appointment is the most ideal way to fulfill this preparation.
The examination requires a full bladder. We recommend you empty your bladder 2 hours before the examination and immediately start to drink 1 liter of water and finish drinking 1 hour before the examination. Hold on to a full bladder until the staff member performing your scan tells you to empty. We require a full bladder but you should not be so full that you are in pain. A good idea is to practice the day before your examination the drinking preparation just mentioned and to adjust the amount of water you drink, depending on whether your bladder fills up slowly or quickly.
Dental x-rays and scans are used to look at the teeth and jaw.
Most OPG scans take less than 10 minutes.
(1) Orthopantomogram (OPG)
(2) Posteroanterior (p-a) cephalometric radiograph (pa Ceph)
(3) Lateral Cephalometry (Lat Ceph).
No preparation is needed for a dental x-ray and you will not be required to change into a gown. However, you will be asked to remove any jewellery or metallic items from your neck and head area.
Lateral cephalometric is the most common cephalometric exam. It is a plan x-ray of the lateral side o. It helps the treatment physician to see a full patient profile including the teeth, jaw, skull and soft tissue.
Cephalometric scan takes an average of 5 to 10 minutes.