WHAT IS AN OPG?

An OPG (Orthopantogram), or Dental X-ray, is a procedure that uses x-rays (a form of electromagnetic energy) to view and produce images of the jaws and teeth. 

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

No, appointments for OPG’s are not required. Most OPG scans require you to attend for around 10-15 minutes. 

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY OPG?

No special preparation is required for an OPG. Try not to wear any jewellery or metallic items, as these may need to be removed.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Before your examination you must tell us if you:

  • Are pregnant, or suspect you are.
  • Have any metal around the head or face area (e.g. piercings, necklaces, dentures etc.).
  • Have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • Referral from your doctor.
  • Previous films and/or reports. If you have had a previous examination in any of our practices, these can be electronically retrieved and you do not need to bring them with you.
  • Method of including Medicare, Health or Pension Card.
  • For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number, and any other relevant details.
WHO WILL DO MY OPG?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will always be present during your X-ray.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY OPG? 

You will be asked to remove any metal (e.g. jewellery, dentures, etc.) from around your head. You will then be asked to face the OPG machine and bite on a plastic disposable mouthpiece. Our radiographer will position you to ensure the best images are possible. Once positioned, the radiographer will walk behind a screen to take the x-ray. While the x-ray is being taken, the OPG machine will rotate around your head for about 10-15 seconds. It is very important that you do not move during this time.

The entire procedure only takes a few minutes. There are no side-effects to an OPG and you can resume normal activity after having one.

 

CONTACT US

Ashfield

9716 3600

Campsie

 8042 3000

Drummoyne

9911 6800

Five Dock

8705 8300

Hurstville

9598 0100

Newtown

8228 9000

North Strathfield

8282 8100

North Sydney (Mater Imaging)

9955 4466
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