You may need an X-ray as a result of illness or injury, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that cannot easily be detected with a routine physical examination. Visiting the Emergency Department may also necessitate an X-ray. If you require an X-ray while visiting the Emergency Department, this imaging will be completed while you are still at the hospital.
An X-ray is typically performed by a medical radiation technologist specialized in radiology technology. Medical radiation technologists are allied health professionals trained in patient care and imaging techniques that use ionizing radiation to obtain images. Radiologists are physicians with specialist training in the interpretation of all imaging and providing consultation to the referring physician.
Oak Valley Health offer digital X-ray services. This current X-ray technology allows us to use less radiation when imaging our patients.
Generally, to have an X-ray, your doctor needs to fill out a referral form.
Before Your X-ray
Please do not wear jewellery or perfume on the day of your test.
When taking X-rays, it is important to ensure there are no other dense objects (zippers, buttons, wires, jewellery) covering the body in the region of the X-ray. For this reason, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown before your X-ray.
Frequently Asked Questions About X-ray
- Is it safe to have an X-ray?
Yes, most plain X-rays use very small amounts of ionizing radiation.
- Do I need an appointment to have an X-ray?
Most plain X-rays do not require an appointment and this service is typically available on a walk-in basis Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and sometimes on Saturdays (8 a.m. – noon). For walk-in X-rays, we do require that you bring a signed requisition with you from your doctor, which indicates the kind of X-ray he/she is ordering for you. For some specialty X-rays, such as upper GI (barium swallow), joint or facet injections, and arthrograms, an appointment is needed. Please contact our scheduling office to make these arrangements by calling 905-472-7020.