An X-ray (radiograph) involves using a small dose of radiation to produce pictures of bones and other internal tissues, such as lungs and bowel. The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white.

What to expect?

You may be required to wear a gown during the exam, depending upon which area is being X-rayed.

You may also be requested to remove metal objects, such as jewellery, watches, keys and coins, because they can show up on an X-ray.


If you are, or think you may be, pregnant, please tell your Doctor and Radiographer, as X-rays can be harmful to an unborn baby. An alternate test may be an option.

What does an X-ray cost?

All Medicare rebateable services provided by Grampians Health Ballarat Radiology are bulk-billed and no additional fees are charged.

Out-of-pocket fees apply for non-Medicare rebateable services.

Commonly Asked Questions

Do I need to bring my referral?

Yes, we are unable to do your scan without a referral.  

I have a referral for another imaging provider, can I have my test at Grampians Health Ballarat Radiology?

Yes, we accept all referrals/requests.

Where do I find Radiology?

Radiology is located behind the Emergency Department, closest to the Mair Street entrance of Grampians Health Ballarat.

Is there a drop off area and what parking is there available?

Yes, there is a drop-off and pick-up zone available within the multi-storey car park (there is no fee for drivers using the drop-off zone and staying less than 30 minutes).

Do I need to make an appointment for an X-ray?

No, bookings are not required for X-rays.  

How long does it take for my results to come through?

Please allow up to 2 working days for non-urgent results to be sent to your referring doctor. We are unable to give your requests to you.

What is an OPG?

An OPG is a panoramic X-ray of the teeth and jaw. It works in a similar way to a general X-ray


Ballarat Base Hospital


1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350


03 5320 4270 or 03 5320 4271

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 7.30 am - 6 pm
Emergency radiology is available through the Emergency Department outside of these hours.

To access this service, you must have a referral from a medical provider.
Appointment not required

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