What is an x-ray test?
An x-ray is a frequently used, non-invasive imaging test that helps physicians view the inside of the body. X-rays are most commonly used to look at your bones.
How can this test help you?
They can help in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions including fractures, infections, arthritis, osteoporosis, bone cancer and more.
Chest X-rays are one of the most popular types we see.
The inside of your chest cavity holds important organs like the lungs and heart. This test give physicians a detailed look at these organs. That is why they can be crucial in the diagnosis of lung infections, breast cancer, enlarged heart, and blocked blood vessels.
**Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are asking patients with COVID symptoms to not schedule an appointment at this time.
Other area in which the x-ray test can be used
Another area that is commonly x-rayed is the abdomen. Performing an abdominal test can help assess a person’s digestive tract and also identify swallowed items.
There is minimal exposure to radiation during an x-ray, and the benefits, most often, far outweigh the risks.
Although exposure to radiation is minimal, pregnant women should take precaution and avoid the procedure as radiation poses risks to unborn children.
Please speak to your physician to establish whether or not this treatment is an appropriate imaging test for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
An X-Ray is completed by a certified technician or trained radiologist.
Our team has been expertly selected based on their experience and proficiency in diagnostic radiology.
- A technician will instruct you on how to position your body in order to obtain the desired views.
- During the X-Ray, it is important to avoid moving so the image taken is clear and not blurry.
- A large camera, connected to the X-Ray machine, will capture images as X-Ray beams pass through your body to create an image.
- An X-Ray will usually only take a few minutes. Some X-Rays will take longer, especially if a contrast medium is used.
HOW TO PREPARE
- We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing to maximize comfort and ease of access.
- Depending on the type of X-Ray, you may be asked to change into a special gown.
- You may be asked to remove glasses, jewellery, and other metal objects, as they can interfere with the quality of the X-Ray.
Please disclose to your technician if you have any metal implants, prior to your X-Ray.
Please bring a requisition form from your referring doctor and a valid Ontario Health Card to your appointment.
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