X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation used as a diagnosing tool. They are the most common tests done in Medical Imaging. A picture is produced when a detector senses X-rays as they pass through the part of the body being imaged.
A flat picture or still image using an X-ray camera (e.g., bones, joints, chest, abdomen and spines)
- General X-ray does not need a booking
- Allow time for waiting - general X-ray department runs on a first come first served basis
- 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
Fluoroscopy / Gastrics area
Fluoroscopy is real-time imaging that uses a “video camera” of X-rays (e.g., upper GI’s, various barium studies). We commonly use fluoroscopy to look at dynamic functions. Gastric procedures (or ‘fluoro’ procedures) need to have a booking. Notification will go to your requesting doctor regarding any prep needed for your test.
- Often will use a form of contrast media
Diabetic Devices: Diabetic devices including glucose sensors and insulin pumps can be damaged by X-rays, radiation and magnetic fields. Glucose sensors and 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.
Is it your child coming for a test?
The 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. https://www.lhsc.on.ca/child-life
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
(519) 685 - 8500 ext. 35741
Adult Outpatient X-ray
Monday to Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
(519) 685 – 8500 ext. 52597
Children’s Outpatient X-ray
Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
(519) 685 – 8500 ext. 58296