What is an X-Ray?

X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used method of medical imaging. An x-ray is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

What will happen during my X-ray procedure?

Prior to the x-ray, you will be asked to remove all jewellery and objects containing metal, as metal can block the image and interfere with test results. You may be changed into a gown. A technologist will then position you on the x-ray table so the part of your body being examined is between the x-ray machine and the receptor.  The technologist may cover those body parts not being imaged with a lead apron to stop the x-rays.  X-rays are painless.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

An x-ray is used to:

  • diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation.
  • demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
  • guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
  • look for injury, infection, abnormal bone growths, bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
Exam preparation instructions

No special preparation is required for x-rays. Please notify the technologist before the exam if you are or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.