X-ray Toronto provides diagnostic imaging services such as x-rays, ultrasounds and mammography. These tests help physicians diagnose diseases and conditions, perform minimally invasive surgical procedures and assess the health of your body.
Medications that reduce the amount of radiation you absorb from x-rays are available in our clinic. We also offer a low-dose bone mineral density test to check for osteoporosis and fracture risks.
General x-rays are used to look at structures in the chest, bone and abdomen. They are very safe and provide a detailed image of your internal organs and structures. The most dense parts of the body, such as bones, absorb the most radiation and are usually white on the x-ray film.
The x-rays are taken by using a small beam of electromagnetic energy that passes through the body onto an imaging plate. This picture is then developed and interpreted by a medical radiologist.
Bone x-rays are performed to examine the bones in your spine and hips. These are very helpful for diagnosing bone problems that may not be visible during a regular physical examination, such as a slipped disc or spondylolisthesis.
During a bone x-ray, the patient is placed on a special table that is moved back and forth to take the x-ray images. This allows the doctor to examine the structure of the bones as they are moving, and make sure the x-rays are accurate.
It is important to notify the radiology staff before your x-ray exam if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This is because the embryo is very sensitive to ionizing radiation and a significant dose of it could affect your unborn child.
Please wear comfortable clothing that you can remove easily. You may want to wear a hospital gown during the x-ray, if your doctor orders it. This will protect you from any metal objects that might show up on the x-ray.
We ask that you bring any paperwork that your doctor has given you including the referral requisition. If you have a medical insurance plan, please check with your insurance provider before your visit to find out what coverage applies.
Our X-ray Toronto facilities are fully digitized and our radiologists work hard to ensure that every test result is of the highest quality. This helps patients and their doctors get the information they need quickly and efficiently.
A referral from your physician is needed for most of our imaging services except mammography. Our mammography facility is a certified member of the Ontario Breast Screening Program.
X-rays of the chest and abdomen are often performed to assess lung disease or other medical problems. This will help your family doctor determine the cause of your illness.
Chest X-rays are performed on all clients who are immigrating to Canada as part of their immigration medical exam for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This test must be completed before a Canadian visa is issued.
You can be in and out of the room quickly as it is not a very long procedure. However, please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to allow for possible wait times.