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An X-Ray Overview (Procedure)

An X-ray Overview

X-rays are the most frequently used form of medical imaging. Chest x-rays are the most commonly performed diagnostic x-ray examination. This x-ray is usually done for the evaluation of the lungs, heart and chest wall.

X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess bones. These x-rays are used to detect:

  • dislocation of bones or joints
  • healing and alignment of fractures after treatment
  • fluid build-up in bones and joints
  • injury or damage from:
    • infection
    • arthritis
    • abnormal bone growth
    • osteoporosis
  • cancer
  • location of foreign objects

X-ray imaging is a painless examination. You may be asked to hold an uncomfortable position or hold your breath for a short time to get a clear image of the body part being examined. The medical radiation technologist will assist you in finding a comfortable position that still ensures diagnostic imaging quality. Any movement could blur the image and make it necessary to repeat the procedure to get a diagnostic image.

A radiologist (a physician specifically trained to interpret radiology examinations) will analyze the images and a report with his or her interpretation will be provided to your physician. The doctor who requested the examination will inform you of the results. The technologists are not able to give out test results.

For your x-ray examination:

  • We require requisition sheet signed by the referring Physician and your current Ontario Health Card.
  • There is no special preparation for x-rays. Please inform your physician or the technologist if there is a possibility that you are pregnant before the examination


  • Chest P.A.Abdomen
  • P.A. & Lateral
  • Ribs
  • Sternum
  • Others


  • Single View
  • Two or More Views

Spine & Pelvis

  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbosacral Spine
  • Sacrum & Coccyx
  • Pelvis
  • Pelvis & Hip

Upper Extremities

  • Clavicle
  • Shoulder
  • Humerus
  • Elbow
  • Forearm
  • Wrist
  • Scaphoid
  • Hand
  • Wrist & Hand
  • Finger & Thumb

Lower Extremeties

  • Hip
  • Femur
  • Knee
  • Tibia & Fibula
  • Ankle
  • Foot Toe

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