Our Services: OPG

OPG X-ray Examinations

At Australian Radiology Clinics, we perform Adelaide bulk billing OPG x-rays at our Brighton and Hawthorn radiology clinics.

Bulk billing x-rays are available to all patients who have a valid Medicare card and have been referred to Australian Radiology Clinics in accordance with Medicare requirements. This means there is no gap to pay and you will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses. If you are unsure about whether you are eligible for bulk billing x-ray services, please get in touch with our reception team and they will be happy to advise you.

An OPG x-ray can be carried out either during a general dental check up with your dentist, or alternatively you may be referred to Australian Radiology Clinics by a dental professional to undertake your examination.

What is an OPG x-ray examination?

An OPG (Orthopantomogram) is a specific type of dental x-ray that is performed using a specialised machine that provides a panoramic image of the jaw. The x-ray machine rotates around your head while you are either standing or sitting down, with your chin resting on a small platform in order to keep your head steady and your jaws apart. An x-ray image of your teeth and jaw is then produced for your radiologist to interpret.

You may be referred to Australian Radiology Clinics for a dental x-ray because your dentist or orthodontist is attempting to identify the root cause of a specific problem, or for a more general check-up as a preventative measure. This is important as early detection can help to prevent serious dental problems from developing in the future.

An OPG X-ray may be used to provide images of:

  • Teeth (including general reviews, cavities and impaction)
  • Fractures or dislocation in the jaw
  • Infections
  • Tumours
  • Sinuses

An OPG x-ray examination is non-invasive and there are no risks associated with the radiation emitted during the procedure. There are no specific preparations you need to make prior to coming to your appointment. However, if you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, it is important to let us know when booking an examination.

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