An X-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation is passed through a body part to create an image. The image is produced as a result of the ways in which different internal structures absorb the radiation.
X-rays are most often performed to detect problems in the bones, such as fractures or evidence of arthritis in the joints, and in the chest, such as pneumonia.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?
No special preparation is required for general X-rays.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING MY EXAM?
- Depending on the area being examined, you may be asked to change into a gown and to remove any metal objects, such as jewellery and clothes with metal buttons, zippers or snaps.
- Women between the ages of 11-55 will be asked about the possibility of pregnancy.
- We will use lead shielding whenever possible, unless it obscures the area of interest.
- You will be positioned by the technologist in several different ways to obtain the correct X-ray images and may be given breathing instructions.
- You will be reminded to remain very still while the X-ray is being taken.
- Once the technologist has confirmed that the necessary number of images has been taken and has determined they are of good quality, you will be free to leave.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
This exam is covered under your Alberta and Saskatchewan Health Care Plans.