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Orthopantomogram – OPG

 Orthopantomogram - via X-ray Group

Orthopantomogram - via X-ray Group

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What is an OPG / Dental X-ray?

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

Do I need to make an appointment?

No appointments required.

How do I prepare for my OPG?

No special preparation is required for an OPG.  Try not to wear any earrings or necklaces, as these may be required to be removed.

Important Information:

Before your examination, you must tell us if you:

  • are pregnant or suspect you may be.
  • have any metal objects around your head (e.g jewellery, dentures)
  • have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination.

What to Bring:

  • Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.
  • If you have accessed the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician services it will be an internal referral by our Specialist Emergency Physician and included in your Facility Fee.
  • Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined.  If taken at our clinic then you will not need to bring them with you, as it is on our system.

How do I pay?

  • For patients with a valid GP or specialist referral our Radiology department Bulk-bills with Medicare.
  • For patients accessing the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician, any Radiology diagnostics are included in the facility fee.

Who will do my OPG?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your OPG.

What will happen during my OPG?

You may be asked to remove any metal objects (e.g. jewellery) from around your head.  You will then be asked to face the OPG machine and bite on a plastic disposable mouthpiece.  Our radiographer will then position you.  Once positioned, the radiographer will go behind a screen and take the X-ray.  While the X-ray is being taken, the OPG machine will rotate around your head for 10 seconds.  It is very important you do not move during this time.

The entire procedure normally takes a few minutes.  There are no side effects to an OPG and you can resume normal activity afterwards.