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 The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) 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.
If you are referred for an X-ray you may need to fast, and remove jewellery and clothing with buttons.