General Radiography (X-Ray) is a very important diagnostic tool, and probably one of the oldest forms of diagnostic imaging, used to create images of the body’s internal structures. X-ray exams at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) are performed by medical radiation technologists, who are regulated health professionals. This non-invasive procedure is used to detect abnormalities in bones, lungs and other internal organs. These images are provided to a physician to help better diagnose and treat a patient’s condition.

The risk of radiation is known to be extremely low in modern X-ray facilities using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment. However, if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you should speak to your health care professional to assess the benefits, risks and your specific needs before having an X-ray.

What We Offer

The X-ray department at SHN provides high-quality services to support:

  • General X-rays
  • Minor procedures involving fluoroscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal (Barium Meal)
  • Barium enemas
  • Small bowel follow-through
  • Small bowel enema
  • Arthrogram (joint examination)
  • Myelogram (to examine bones and the spaces between the bones and spine)
  • Hysterosalpigogram (examine the uterus, fallopian tubes and surrounding areas)
  • Orthopantomogram (for early detection of osteoporosis)
  • Imaging in surgical procedures

What to expect at your procedure

During an X-ray the technologist or radiologist positions the patient using a light source and a series of anatomical landmarks as reference points. Although you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds or hold still in an awkward position for a short period of time there is no discomfort from the X-ray exposure. You may be asked to remove street clothes and jewelry from the area of interest, as they may interfere and cover the anatomy being X-rayed.

Patient preparation

  • Bring all previous films done outside our facility.
  • Arrive wearing comfortable clothing and no jewelry.
  • Refer to the back of your requisition or ask your physician if there are any other specific preparations required for your procedure.

Where to Find Us

Birchmount hospital
Main Floor, Diagnostic Imaging

Centenary hospital
Main Floor, Diagnostic Imaging
416-284-8131 ext. 4135

General hospital
East Wing, 1st Floor
416-438-2911 ext. 8107