X-Ray

You may need the services of Diagnostic Imaging, as a result of illness or injury, or when a doctor suspects a medical problem that cannot easily be detected with a routine physical examination.

Care Providers - Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT) or Ultras Sonographers and Radiologists (FRCPC)

Medical Radiation Technologists are allied health professionals trained in patient care and imaging techniques that use ionizing radiation to obtain images. At SFMH we use digital radiography machines to take x-rays of the body. These images are then sent to radiologists for interpretation and diagnosis.
 

Ultra Sonographers are allied health professionals trained in patient care and imaging using ultra sound waves. Many images are taken of the area of concern and then sent to the radiologist for interpretation and diagnosis.
 

Radiologists are physicians with specialist training in the interpretation of all imaging modalities providing consultation to the referring physician.

What You Should Know

Is there a chance that you are pregnant or are you breast feeding?

Please discuss this with your doctor before arriving for your appointment, or contact our department.

Do you take medications?

For some procedures it is important that some medicines be stopped prior to arriving for your appointment. Please share this information with us when you call to book your appointment, so that we can advise you of any special instructions specific to your test. We also list any important instructions on the backside of the SFMH imaging requisition. Please bring the requisition with you to the appointment.

What allergies do you have?

Please let us know of any allergies you may have when you call to book your appointment, so that we can advise you of any special instructions specific to your test.

How Do I Prepare for an examination?

Plain X-rays of the chest, abdomen, arms, legs and spine require no preparation and generally take only a few minutes to complete.

Ultrasound exams - Instructions on the back of the requisition - please follow carefully and if you have any questions please contact the x-ray department- ext: 252

Mammography - Wear a two piece outfit and no deodorant or talcum powder.

BMD - Do not take calcium the morning of the examination.  No metal, buttons or zippers around the mid-section.  May change into track pants or PJ bottoms for the examination.

DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR REQUISTION TO THE HOSPITAL FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.

If unable to keep your appointment please notify the x-ray department ext: 252  at least 24 hours prior to the appointment.  This will allow the hospital the opportunity to book someone else in that time slot.  There is a fee charged for a “no show”  (not calling to cancel appointment).

Please report to the Admitting/Information Office to register 10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.