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X-Ray at Ballan District Health & Care

Hospital Entrance (33 Cowie Street, Ballan)

A referral from your Doctor/Specialist is necessary.

Some types of x-rays can be ordered by other health professionals such as chiropractor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or podiatrist.

X-Ray is bulk billed for children under 18 and pension/concession card holders.


  • Monday: 9.00am – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday: 9.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am -3.30pm


Located in Moorabool Shire, Ballan District Health & Care is only a 20 minute drive from Bacchus Marsh, 30 minute drive from Daylesford or a 10 minute walk from Ballan Train Station.


Free car parking is available at the front of the hospital on both sides of Cowie Street, Simpson Street and also at the front of the Centre for Community Health, located at 164 Inglis Street.

What is an X-Ray?

An X-Ray is a non-invasive medical test that helps in the diagnosis of medical conditions. Imaging involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images of the inside of the body. The term ‘General X-Ray’ is used to described images of the skeleton, chest and abdomen.

1. Preparation

A general X-Ray requires no special preparation prior to the appointment. It may be necessary to remove jewellery, dental appliances, prosthetics, metal objects or clothing that might interfere with images.

If there is any possibility of pregnancy, please inform your GP and X-Ray technician. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy, and if an X-Ray is necessary, extra precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure.

2. Procedure

Anne, our qualified Medical Imaging Technologist will perform the examination. This may be done standing, sitting or lying down – depending on which area of the body is being imaged. It is necessary to hold still for the X-Ray. For certain examinations, you will need to hold your breath to reduce the chance of a blurred image. There are usually views taken from different angles. The number taken depends on the area being examined.

3. The results

A radiologist will analyse the mages obtained and will send a signed report to your referrer. Once this is done, you’re able to obtain the result from your GP/Specialist/Referrer.

  • Urgent results: 60 – 90 minutes
  • General results: 24 – 48 hours

X-Rays are stored digitally, however, films are available if necessary. Dental and chiropractic films are printed routinely.


Types of X-Ray

  • General X-Ray:
    • Skeleton: Common reasons for an X-Ray of the skeleton include the diagnosis of fractures, arthritis, to locate foreign objects, abnormal bone growths, bone cancer and for use in orthopaedic surgery.
    • Chest: Chest X-Rays are typically performed for symptoms such as chest pain or injury, fever, breathing difficulties, coughs, and helps in the diagnosis of conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, heart failure, fluid or air collection around the lungs and other medical conditions.
    • Abdominal:  Abdominal X-Rays are used to evaluate the stomach, liver, intestines, spleen, kidneys, ureters and bladder and may be used to help diagnose unexplained plain, nausea or vomiting, gallstones, kidney and bladder stones, intestinal blockages, and the ingestion of foreign objects as well as many other conditions.
  • Dental X-Ray (Orthopantomogram/OPG/Panoramic X-Ray): A 2D examination that shows the entire mouth in a single image, including teeth, upper and lower jaws and surround structures. It provides information about the maxillary sinuses, tooth positioning, periodontal disease, bony cysts, tumours, impacting teeth (including wisdom teeth), jaw disorders and sinusitis.
  • Cephalometry: Imaging of the skull/jaw and is generally used by orthodontists and oral surgeons to plan treatment for dentures, braces, extractions and implants.