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General Radiography (X-ray)

An x-ray (also called general radiography) is a type of medical imaging that uses small amounts of ionizing radiation to create images of your bones, tissues and internal organs. It’s a non-invasive test that helps doctors diagnose and treat things like bone injury or disease, infections and arthritis. X-rays are the oldest and most commonly used form of medical imaging.

No appointments are required for general x-rays.

Your visit

Bring a reusable bag for your personal belongings during the exam.

  • The length of test will depend on what kind of x-ray you are getting. Be prepared to spend 10 to 30 minutes in the examination room.
  • As this is a walk-in service there may be a wait. We may also be delayed by unforeseen circumstances, such as emergencies. We recommend that you come prepared for delays of one hour or more.
  • You may be asked to remove clothing, jewelry and other items covering the area being x-rayed. If necessary, you will be given a hospital gown to put on.
  • Note that female patients aged 10 to 55 will be asked if there is any chance of pregnancy. If there is any chance of pregnancy, then we will not proceed with the x-ray and you will need to return when pregnancy is ruled out. If you are pregnant and the x-ray is necessary, your doctor must discuss the risk of ionizing radiation exposure with you, and you will have to sign a consent form.
  • If you wish to have a doctor other than your referring doctor copied on the results report, please let the receptionist know before your test.

A report will be sent to your doctor(s) within 10 days.

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Department of Medical Imaging
5th Floor, 600 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X5

Contact Us

Phone: 416-586-4800 ext.4411
Fax: 416-586-8866

Contact hours

Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Outpatient hours of service

Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

*This area is wheelchair accessible*