General X-Ray

This is the most commonly performed investigation for assessing injured bones, such as your limbs/extremities, spine, pelvis or the examination and diagnosis of disease affecting the chest and abdomen. An x-ray image, or radiograph, is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body and strikes a digital detector or digital imaging receptor/plate which is located in front or behind the patients body part that is required to be imaged. The ability of x-rays to penetrate tissues and bones varies according to the composition and mass of what is being imaged. Bone, which contains calcium, absorbs most of the radiation and results in white images on the x-ray film. The lungs, which are filled with air, allow nearly all x-rays to pass through and strike the film or detector resulting in a black image.

Other exams that are performed include UGI’s, Barium Enemas, and Small Bowel Follow Throughs.  For these tests, you will need preparation. This information will be given to you by your physician's or patient care provider’s office.

These are NOT walk in tests and will require a booked appointment.

There is no special preparation required for most x-rays. Upon arrival, you may be asked by the medical radiation technologist to change into a gown before your examination. You may also be asked to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images.

You will be exposed to a small amount of radiation to produce a diagnostic image for the radiologist to interpret. 

Once the images have been completed by a certified qualified technologist the radiologist will interpret the exam and the results will be sent to your physician within 2-3 working days.

If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell your doctor or technologist before the test is performed, as special precautions will be taken, or the x-ray may not be completed at that time. 

Hours of Operation

Daily Walk in Service- Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. NO Appointment required.

Evening appointments are available upon request, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  For an evening appointment, please call 519-842-6335.

Contraindications

  • Suspected pregnancy
  • Within 5 days of scheduled appointment, administration of radiopaque contrast (UGI, Barium Enema, CT with barium)

Day of your Appointment

  • Please bring your health card and requisition. Your X-ray cannot be completed unless you have a requisition or one has been faxed to us from your physician or patient care provided.
  • Please be aware that this is a "Fragrance Free" facility
  • Please do not bring small children to your appointment, unless accompanied by another adult

Directions

Park in the North parking lot, located off Rolph Street and enter the hospital through the Emergency (ER) Entrance. Continue to Registration, up the hall and on the right.

If you have any questions, please contact our scheduling department at 519-842-6335 (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).