What is an OPG?

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

Do I need to make an appointment?

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

Is there any preparation?

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

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 particularly important that you do not move during this time. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes.

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 payment 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.