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X-Rays

X-rays use ionizing radiation to see through tissues, allowing your doctor to examine bones, lungs, and other tissues. Our state of the art, brand new digital x-ray equipment reduces the amount of your exposure to radiation by optimizing radiography protocols. Images are available immediately and imaging reports are available within 24 hours to referring physicians on our Web-based PACS platform.

Preparation

There are no particular preparations for general x-ray. Prior to your x-ray, please inform the technologist if you may be pregnant. For some x-rays you may be asked to wear a gown, which we will provide. You may be asked to remove metal objects and clothing (jewelry, dental appliance, glasses, etc.).

Your physician may request an x-ray for any body part. X- rays are commonly requested for these areas:

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Chest

The chest x-ray (the most common of all of the diagnostic x-rays) shows your doctor the lungs, heart, blood vessels, air passages, and bones of the chest and spine.

Your doctor may request an x-ray of the chest area for any of a number of reasons:

  • to determine causes of persistent or acute coughing
  • to diagnose shortness of breath
  • to diagnose or monitor pneumonia, emphysema, or lung cancer
  • to diagnose heart problems (e.g. heart failure)
  • to inspect placement of lines and tubes
  • to diagnose fever, chest injury or pain.

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Spine and Pelvis

To view the entire pelvic and/or spinal region, we may take more than one x-ray, while you lie flat on your back (but occasionally while you stand upright).

Your doctor may request an x-ray of the spine and pelvic area for any of a number of reasons:

  • to determine causes of pain, deformity, or swelling
  • to confirm suspected fractured and/or broken bones
  • to plan for surgery (to assess the outcome)
  • to detect osteoporosis, arthritis, and/or disc problems
  • to detect deformities in the curves of the spine
  • to detect cysts, tumors, and infections.

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Abdomen

To view the gastrointestinal tract and/or organs of the abdominal region, your doctor will often request an x-ray (sometimes in combination with other diagnostic methods).

Your doctor may request an x-ray of the abdominal region for any of a number of reasons:

  • to identify and locate bowel obstruction and/or perforation
  • to diagnose fecal impaction
  • to find swallowed foreign objects (usually metallic)
  • to verify proper location of medical tubes in abdominal organs (e.g. stomach, intestines)
  • to diagnosis volvulus and malrotation
  • to identify renal, urethral, gall, and bladder stones
  • to detect cancer, and/or benign tumors (polyps).

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Head and Neck

An x-ray of the head and neck allows your doctor to view the vertebrae, the adenoids and tonsils, the neck bones, the oral and nasal passages, the nasopharynx, the trachia (partially), the soft tissue in front of the vertebrae, and the epiglottis.

Your doctor may request an x-ray of the head and/or neck for any of a number of reasons:

  • to diagnose soft-tissue problems
  • to detect dislocation of the joints between the vertebrae
  • to identify the causes of pain in the upper arm, back, shoulder, and/or neck
  • to identify the causes of tingling, numbness, or weakness in the hand or arm
  • to detect fractures in the cervical vertebrae
  • to detect enlarged adenoids and tonsils
  • to detect epiglottitis (swollen epiglottis)
  • to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea
  • to diagnose excessive snoring
  • to determine causes of noisy breathing, hoarseness, barking cough
  • to detect masses (cysts, tumors)
  • to find swallowed or inhaled foreign objects
  • to prepare for surgery
  • to assess post-operative results of surgery
  • to diagnose recurring ear and sinus infections.

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Upper Extremities

An x-ray of the upper extremities (finger, wrist, elbow, arm, forearm, shoulder, upper arm, hand) can be a very useful diagnostic tool alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic techniques.

Your doctor may request an x-ray of the upper extremities for any of a number of reasons:

  • to prepare for surgery and to assess post-operative results
  • to detect dislocated joints and/or broken or fractured bones
  • to evaluate/diagnose arthritis
  • to inspect the healing and alignment of bones previously fractured and set
  • to find the cause of pain, swelling, tenderness, deformity
  • to detect cysts, tumors, infections, and diseases.

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Lower Extremities

An x-ray of the lower extremities (toe, foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, lower leg, hip) can be a very useful diagnostic tool, alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic techniques.

Your doctor may request an x-ray of the lower extremities for any of a number of reasons:

  • to prepare for surgery and to assess post-operative results
  • to detect dislocated joints and/or broken or fractured bones
  • to evaluate/diagnose arthritis
  • to inspect the healing and alignment of bones previously fractured and set
  • to find the cause of pain, swelling, tenderness, deformity
  • to detect cysts, tumors, infections, and diseases.

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Authorization and Payment

We offer all of our services by appointment. Please bring with you a requisition signed by a physician licensed to practice in the province of Ontario. Without a valid requisition, you are required to pay for your test (or to reschedule for a later date).

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