X-Rays are a quick and painless way for a physician to look at and evaluate the bones of your body.
Our experienced technologists are friendly and efficient. The exam is completed quickly. Your images will be reviewed by the Radiologist, who will report the findings to your referring physician. You can contact your physician for the results.
How the X-Ray is Captured
X-ray beams pass through your body and are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. The resulting shadows and reflections are digitally captured on a computer screen. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.
- When you come in for an X-ray, depending on which body part is being imaged, you may be asked to remove your jewelry or garments with metal closures. These items can block part of the image.
- You will be asked to either lie on a table, sit or stand and a lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield it from the X-rays.
- We are sensitive to your individual needs and will help you in any way we can to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
Your X-rays will be reviewed by the Radiologist, who will report the findings to your referring physician. You can contact your physician for the results.
X-Ray service is provided on a first come, first served, walk-in basis.
An ultrasound scan is a safe, painless and effective medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the internal organs such as the stomach, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels. Obstetric ultrasounds are done to check and monitor the growth of the fetus in a mother’s womb. Our staff are sensitive to your needs and it’s our goal to make this procedure as comfortable as possible.
Your ultrasound images will be reviewed by the radiologist, who will report the findings to your referring physician. Your can contact your physician for the results.
How the Ultrasound is Captured
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create images.
During the ultrasound, the skin over the examination area is coated with a wet gel to allow for smooth movement of the wand (transducer) over the skin. Positioning the transducer at certain locations and angles, creates waves, or echoes, which are then analyzed by a sophisticated computer to create real-time, multi-dimensional digital electronic images.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You will need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. Our staff will guide you through the process and be sensitive to your needs.
- Depending on the type of examination, you may be instructed not to eat or drink for as many as 8 hours before your appointment. You may be asked to finish drinking 5 glasses of water an hour prior to your exam so that your bladder is full when the scan begins. However, if this is the case, you will be advised (upon booking) so you will be ready for your procedure.
- During the ultrasound, a clear gel is applied to the area of the body being examined. The ultrasound tech will then use the wand (transducer) against the skin and sweep over the area.
- Most ultrasound examinations are completed within 30 minutes or less.
Your ultrasound images will be reviewed by the radiologist, who will report the findings to your physician within 1 business day. Your physician will then advise you of the results and discuss them with you.
Bone density testing (via DEXA) determines if you have osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break in the next few years.
DEXA scan is a simple, quick and non-invasive procedure that uses very small amounts of X-ray to measure calcium content of the bone and to detect the presence of weakened bone density and other bone minerals which are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and forearm.
In general, people with a bone mineral density significantly lower than normal for their age and sex are more likely to break a bone. It is recommended that patients with a family history or who are at risk for osteoporosis, get a bone density test.
- Bring your OHIP card and doctor’s requisition.
- Arrive 15 minutes early. Sometimes services take longer than expected.
- If you can’t make your appointment or are late, please call us. We may have to rebook it.
- Take your medications as per your doctor’s orders.
- Avoid perfumes and fragrances as a courtesy to others
- Avoid clothing with metal buttons, buckles, or zippers.
- Tell your technologist if you are or could be pregnant.
- Diabetics with ‘clear liquid’ orders should schedule in the morning. Discuss insulin dosages with your doctor.
- Please refer to the back of the requisition for exams that require prior preparation.
For detailed information, download our printable one-page exam prep document.