General diagnostic exams may be ordered by your physician to diagnose conditions in the chest, bone, sinuses, skull or spine. Diagnostic x-ray was the first procedure developed in the field of radiology, and in many ways, it is still the most commonly employed form of radiology. X-rays allow physicians to perform a painless, quick evaluation, often detecting diseases in the early stages, where the chance for recovery is improved. The most common use of x-rays is to detect fractures and other abnormalities of bone, joint disease and lung disease.
Unlike most forms of radiation, x-rays can pass through body tissue, making it possible to provide images of internal structures without performing surgery. During the procedure, electromagnetic radiation passes through the body onto film. Dense structures, such as bone, absorb the most radiation and appear white on the developed film. Structures that are less dense appear in lighter shades of gray and black.
There is little reason to worry about the small amount of radiation you are exposed to during an x-ray. However, if you are pregnant, or suspect that you may be, you should tell your physician or technologist before the test is performed, as special precautions may have to be taken.
We conduct the following types of general x-rays:
- Bone series
- Chest - thorax - abdomen
- Head and neck
- Lower limb
- Spine and pelvis
- Upper limb
Appointments are not required.
What you need to do before your appointment:
- Bring any documentation your family doctor gave you including the referral requisition.
- Bring your provincial health card.
Picking up your x-rays: Your x-rays will now be available on a CD (compact disk). Please call one day in advance so we can transfer the data onto the CD and have it ready for you - Tel: (416) 461-9471 Ext 1719. Please note that there is a small charge for the production of the CD. When placing your order, please verify the charge for your CD.