An x-ray is a frequently used, non-invasive imaging test that helps physicians view the inside of the body. Most commonly, an x-ray is used to look at broken bones. It can also help in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions including fractures, infections, arthritis, osteoporosis, bone cancer and more.
A popular area of the body that is often examined via x-ray includes the inside of the chest. Inside of the chest cavity resides important organs like the lungs and heart, which can be seen in detail on an x-ray. Another area that is commonly x-rayed is the abdomen. Performing an abdominal x-ray can help to assess a person’s digestive tract.
There is minimal exposure to radiation during an x-ray, and most often the benefits 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. It is important to speak to your physician to learn more about whether or not an x-ray is an appropriate imaging test for you.
How is an x-ray done?
An x-ray is completed by an x-ray technologist or trained radiologist. Our welcoming staff has been expertly selected based on their exceptional skill sets.
The x-ray is completed in a clinic that specializes in diagnostic imaging. Prior to the start of the x-ray, the technologist will instruct you on how to position your body, depending on the area that requires imaging. You may be asked to sit or lie down, or change from several positions.
An x-ray is taken by moving a large camera connected to the x-ray machine over the required parts of your body. This camera captures images as x-ray beams pass through your body and are absorbed in varying amounts depending on the density of the body parts they are passing through. An x-ray can take anywhere between a few minutes to over an hour depending on the body areas involved.
How to prepare for an x-ray
An x-ray is a standard procedure, therefore, there is no extensive preparation required. Depending on the area being examined, loose, comfortable clothing should be worn to maximize patient comfort and ease of access. However, you may be asked to change into a special gown if needed.
Furthermore, if you have any metal implants in your body, please tell the radiologist prior to the x-ray as metal objects may interfere with the quality of the x-ray images being taken.
Please bring your requisition and a valid Ontario Health Card to your appointment. Additionally, wait times may vary at the clinic, however we will do our best to have you seen as promptly as possible.
Do I need to make an appointment for an x-ray?
Patients are not required to make appointments for x-rays. Walk-in appointments are accepted at our clinic and patients will be seen in order of first arrival. Due to the uncertainty of our clinic’s daily walk-in appointment volume, we cannot guarantee wait times. We appreciate your patience and understanding whenever we are experiencing a higher-than-normal patient volume.