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X-Rays are a safe, fast and accurate way for a physician to look at and evaluate broken bones and fractures. Though exposure to radiation during an X-ray is very minimal, as a precaution, pregnant women should avoid X-rays.

Our expert, on-site team is compassionate and efficient.  The X-ray is completed quickly. If the image shows that you require immediate treatment, your physician will have your results within 2 business day and they will contact you to explain the findings.

How the X-Ray is Captured?

Radiography creates images by passing high-energy waves of electromagnetic energy through the body and capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on a photographic plate.

Patient Preparation

Prior to your X-ray, depending on which body part is being imaged, you may be asked to remove your watch, 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 depending on the ordered exam. The technologists will instruct you of any required breathing instructions needed.

We are sensitive to your individual needs and will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Your X-rays will be reviewed by the radiologist, who will report the findings to your personal physician within 2 business days. Your physician will then advise you of the results and discuss them with you.

 

 

X-Ray Checklist:

  • Do I have my Requisition?
  • Do I have a Valid Health Card?

What is a BMD exam?

Bone mineral densitometry is a special X-ray examination used to measure bone loss.  It is also known as Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA).  The exam is usually performed on the lumbar spine and hip. The results can help with diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

OHIP covers one baseline BMD test per patient per lifetime. Follow up studies will depend on the results of your baseline test and clinical risk factors. There are various clinical risk factors which may lead your physician to order a BMD test for you.

How can I prepare for a BMD exam?

You will be changed into a patient gown for this appointment. 48 hrs prior to test, do not take calcium supplements, Vitamin D or iron tablets until after the examination. For every visit you will be required to fill out a patient questionnaire.

How is a BMD performed?

A technologist will call you in and ask you to lie on your back on the examination table. For each part of the study (spine and hip) your legs will be positioned appropriately.  A small detector attached to the table will slowly move across the spine or hip and generate images on the computer monitor.

 

The procedure takes about 15- 20 minutes.

Bone Density Check List:

  • Do I have my Requisition?
  • Do I have a Valid Health Card?
  • Have I allowed enough time for my appointment(s)?
  • Do I have details of previous examinations/scans?
  • Do I have my list of medications?

How can I prepare for an Ultrasound?

  • Ultrasounds require appointments.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to register
  • Vascular, thyroid, and musculoskeletal US require no special preparation
  • Abdominal ultrasound requires fasting, whereas pelvic and pregnancy ultrasound require a full bladder
Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours before your examination (except to swallow necessary medications)
Obstetrical or Pelvic Ultrasound
  • You need a full bladder
  • Finish drinking 40 fluid ounces or 1 Litres of water (5 glasses of 8 oz or 227 ml) 1 hour before your examination
  • Do not void
Combination Pelvic and Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Nothing to eat for 8 hours but complete drinking 40 ounces or 1 Litres of water 1 hour before your examination
  • Do not void
Abdomen Limited for Hernia
  • No Preparation is required

 

How is an ultrasound performed?

You may be asked to change into a gown.  For most procedures, you will be asked to lie down on the examination table. The technologist will apply some gel to your skin and run a probe over the area requested by your doctor. You may be asked to hold your breath or change position.  Multiple images will be acquired during the examination.

An ultrasound examination could take 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the body part.

 

Ultrasound Checklist:

  • Do I have my Requisition?
  • Do I have my IPS form/Lab Requisition? (Obstetrical IPS)
  • Do I have a Valid Health Card?
  • Have I prepared properly for my procedure?