Do I need a referral?
A referral is an absolute must for patients who are part of the national health insurance. We cannot perform X-ray examinations without it.
In addition, private patients should always have a referral slip to bring to their appointment, since existing problems can only be targeted with the help of a concrete question, which in turn leads to a reliable diagnosis.
Will I have to wait very long, even though I have an appointment?
We always try to meet deadlines and keep the waiting times as short as possible but emergencies do occur, and they would receive care immediately. In these cases, we ask for your understanding and hope that the magazines we have lying about have throughout our clinic will help you feel you have not been kept waiting long. Check with some of the other employees to see whether it may be possible to visit the hospital cafeteria.
Are X-rays dangerous?
Each X-ray examination does use some radiation. In addition, this does pose a certain level of risk. Both X-ray radiation as well as "natural" radiation exposure can cause changes in genetic material (genes). The change in the genetic trait is a purely random event. Therefore, you cannot say that X-ray radiation seems to be safe up to a certain "amount" (dose). The probability (i.e. the risk) of an X-ray examination causing cancer is virtually nil. This risk does increase, however, as the amount (dose) of radiation increases.
I have claustrophobia. How I deal with it?
You as the patient can often calm yourself by closing your eyes during the exam, or by listening to soothing music through headphones. Should this not suffice, however, a sedative can be administered, which will restrict your ability to drive. If you decided to go this route, you will need someone to drive you home afterward. If you alert us to your problem with claustrophobia when you make the appointment, then we can be more responsive to you.
Who will be examining me?
The investigations are performed by skilled, well-trained MTRA's (Medical Technologist / Radiology Assistant). Afterward, the radiologist looks at the exposures to make a diagnostic assessment. Both the radiographers and radiologists regularly undergo certified training.
Is there any quality control?
Of course, there is continuous quality control according to the specifications of the X-ray Ordinance, the guidelines of the Federal Chamber of Physicians and the quality requirements of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians at all places of work.
Do I have to lie still during the exposure?
Yes, because if that part of the body is moved while it is being x-ray, meaning, it shifts around, then the exposures will be blurry, and it will not be possible to make a diagnosis. Therefore, please follow instructions from the staff if they ask you, for example, to please hold your breath or not to move certain body parts.