X-Ray

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Since 2008, we use digital imaging. This change allows for a more rapid turn-around of information, better storage, easier comparisons and the ability to integrate with electronic medical records.

Services

a) General Diagnostic Exams

Appointments are not required.

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Holidays: Closed

Tel: (416) 461-9471

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 for 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. During the procedure, electromagnetic radiation passes through the body onto imaging plates. Dense structures, such as bone, absorb the most radiation and appear white on the developed image. 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:

  • Chest – thorax – abdomen
  • Head and neck
  • Joints
  • Lower limb
  • Spine and pelvis
  • Upper limb

Patient Preparation

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.

Please note:  At this time, our xray exam tables are not height adjustable and may not be accessible to all patients. Please ask our staff at booking to determine whether we can provide you service.

b) Fluoroscopy

Appointments are necessary.

Fluoroscopy is a form of diagnostic radiology that enables the radiologist, with the aid of a contrast agent, to visualize the area of concern via x-ray.  This contrast agent allows the image to be reviewed clearly on a computer screen.  Contrast agents (or “contrast media” as they are also known) may be introduced into the body through swallowing or an enema.

We conduct the following types of fluoroscopic exams:

  • small bowel series;
  • upper GI series.

Each test consists of a series of images taken by a radiologist, followed by a series taken by a technologist.  The image is checked for technical accuracy and then interpreted by the radiologist who reports to the referring physician.

Patient Preparation

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.
  • STOMACH (Upper GI, small bowel series)
    • Nothing to eat or drink after 10PM
    • Nothing to eat or drink in the morning

Picking up your images:

Your images are available on a CD (compact disk).

Please note:

  • CD’s are not prepared in advance.
  • You may obtain a CD – Monday to Friday between 10 am and 5pm.
  • CD’s are not available on Saturdays.

Languages

English