How is the examination conducted?

You will be placed between the image receptor (plate) and the X-ray tube.  

The technologist must position you properly and control the amount of radiation emitted to ensure your protection and the production of a quality image. X-rays travel through the body and are attenuated by the density of your organs before reaching the image receptor. Variations in density between fluids, bones, muscles, and fat therefore produce different contrasts (various shades of grey) on the image. The examination can be conducted with you sitting, standing or lying down.

What will I feel during the examination?

The examination is not painful; you will not feel anything in particular. 

How do I prepare for the examination?

You will have to remove all jewellery and metallic objects in the area to be studied and may be asked to wear a hospital gown, depending on the examination to be conducted. This is to avoid hiding important parts of your anatomy and reducing the quality of the examination. 

For more information, see this Démarre le chargement du fichierConventional X-ray pamphlet. (in French only)

Results of the examination

You will not be given any results after your examination. The radiologist evaluates the images produced by the technologist and prepares a report describing the findings from the images. The report will then be sent to your doctor who will share the results with you. 

To obtain a CD or DVD of your examination, click here.