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Orthopantomogram – OPG

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.

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.

How do I pay?

Outpatient Radiology referrals.

WiSE Radiology services, XRAY, CT, OPG and Ultrasound** are bulk-billed* with a valid GP or Specialist Referral.

In these circumstances, you will not be seen by a Specialist Emergency Doctor unless specified on presentation. Please make an appointment with your referring GP/Specialist to discuss your result.
*Medicare eligible patients
**Ultrasound callout fee applies

All scans required when accessing the Specialist Emergency Doctor are included in your Facility Fee.* Results are provided immediately, allowing our Specialist Emergency Doctor to treat on the spot.
*Medicare eligible patients

Non-Medicare Patients

Payment is required at the time of presentation for all non-medicare patients. For a quote of costs, please contact our receptionist.

Work cover

WiSE works with your employer to provide workcover injury support and is at no cost to the patient. Please speak to your employer regarding services at WiSE. On presentation, please ensure you have your claim number and the appropriate contact person details.

Who will do my OPG?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your OPG.