For more patient information on x-rays
What is an X-ray?
X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used method of medical imaging. An x-ray is a painless, non-invasive medical test that helps practitioners 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 two dimensional pictures of the inside of the body.
Your practitioner may order an x-ray to:
- Diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation.
- Check for proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
- Look for arthritis, injury, infection, abnormal bone growths or changes in bones.
- Diagnose pneumonia, heart problems or lung cancer.
What to expect
- You will be asked to remove all jewellery and objects containing metal to make sure we get a clear image.
- You may be asked to change into a gown.
- One of MIC’s technologists will help guide you into the best position for your x-ray. You may be asked to lie on the x-ray table, sit or stand.
- Our technologist may use a lead apron to shield other parts of your body during the x-ray to limit exposure.
- Once the exam is complete, an MIC radiologist will review your x-rays and send the results directly to your practitioner, usually within 24 hours.