X-Ray (Radiology)

X-Rays are a form of ionizing radiation used as a diagnosing tool. They are the most common tests done in Medical Imaging. An image is produced when a detector senses x-rays as they pass through the part of the body being imaged. 

How to book an appointment

General x-ray does not need a booking. Allow time for waiting as the general x-ray department runs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fluoroscopy and Gastric procedures need to have a booking. Notification will go to your requesting doctor regarding any preparations needed for your test.  

Diabetic devices

Diabetic management devices including glucose sensors, transmitters, receivers and insulin pumps can be damaged by radiation and magnetic fields. Glucose sensors, transmitters, receivers or insulin pumps must be removed immediately prior to your test. Insulin pumps may be restarted following the test. Glucose sensors cannot be reinserted – you must use a new sensor following the test. If you would prefer to reschedule your test, please let us know. For any questions regarding your device, please contact the manufacturer of your device.

What can I expect?

General X-Ray

Is a flat picture or still image using an x-ray camera, including bones, joints, chest, abdomen and spines.

  • Any metal in the area being imaged will impact the quality of the picture. For this reason, you may be asked to change into hospital clothing.
  • A technologist may have you stand or lay on the x-ray table to obtain your images. The technologist will ask you to move or assist with placing you in specific position to obtain a standardized image. 

Fluoroscopy/Gastrics area - Victoria Hospital Only for Outpatients

Fluoroscopy is real-time imaging that uses a “video camera” of x-rays, including upper gastro-intestinal studies and various barium studies. We commonly use fluoroscopy to look at dynamic functions using contrast to highlight internal soft tissues not typically visualized.  

Is it your child coming for a test?

The Medical Imaging Child Life Program strives to meet the psychosocial and emotional needs of children and youth throughout their health care journeys. They help them adjust to and understand hospitalization, medical procedures, illness and injury. In x-ray they are most commonly involved with procedures such as Voiding Cystograms.  

How to find X-Ray:

Directions to Radiology (X-Ray) at University Hospital  
  • Enter through the main entrance at the front of the hospital.
  • Take the main elevators to the second floor and follow the Radiology construction signs to check in at Radiology, Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound temporary Reception.  

 Hours of operation and phone number for Outpatient X-Ray at University Hospital are:

  • Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. (7:30) to 4:00 p.m. (16:00) 
  • Contact by telephone: 519-685-8500 extension. 35741
Directions to Adult Radiology (X-Ray) at Victoria Hospital
  • The most direct route is to park in Parking lot P1 off Commissioners Road and enter the hospital through the C entrance. You are now on Level 2. 
  • Follow the signs to Radiology Reception room C2-100. Check in at Level 2 outpatient Radiology.  

    Hours of operation and phone number for Adult Outpatient X-Ray at Victoria Hospital are:

  • Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. (7:00) to 4:00 p.m. (16:00) 
  • Contact by telephone: 519-685-8500 extension. 52597
Directions to Children’s Radiology (X-Ray) at Victoria Hospital 
  • Children, 17 years and under, report to the Ultrasound and Children’s X-Ray Reception area on Level 1.
  • Enter through building D either under or through the glass walkway off Commissioners Road.
  • Through walkway, go straight to the elevators in front of the cafeteria. Take elevators to Level 1 and follow signs to Ultrasound and Children’s X-Ray.
  • Under walkway, as you come through the entrance there is a hallway slightly to your left. Follow it to the elevators and go down to Level 1. Follow the signs to Ultrasound and Children’s X-Ray. 

Hours of operation and phone number for Children's X-Ray at Victoria Hospital are:  

  • Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. (8:00) to 3:30 p.m. (15:30) 
  • Contact by telephone: 519-685-8500 extension 58296
How to access my X-Ray images

You can request access to your x-ray images on the Pocket Health website.

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) offers patients and their families access to their medical images online. Once patients enroll for access, they can view all of their medical images that are stored in LHSC’s system, share imaging instantly with others of their choice, or even burn their own compact disc (CD) or  USB from home. There are two fee options available that are payable to PocketHealth beginning at the time of enrolment which includes permanent access to all previous imaging as well as any new exams. To find out more and enroll, please visit the PocketHealth website.