You may need an X-ray as a result of illness or injury, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that cannot easily be detected with a routine physical examination. Visiting the emergency department may also necessitate an X-Ray. If you require an X-Ray while visiting the emergency department this imaging will be completed while you are still at the hospital.
Markham Stouffville Hospital offers digital radiography X-ray services at both the Markham and Uxbridge Sites. This current X-Ray technology allows us to use less radiation when imaging our patients.
What You Should Know
- Before your visit 1
Please do not wear jewellery or perfume on the day of your test.
When taking x-rays it is important to ensure there are no other densities (zippers, buttons, wires) covering the body in the region of the x-ray. For this reason it is common that patients may be asked to change into a hospital gown before their x-ray.
- Care providers
An X-Ray is typically performed by a medical radiation technologist (MRT), specialized in radiology technology. Medical radiation technologists (MRT) are allied health professionals trained in patient care and imaging techniques that use ionizing radiation to obtain images. Radiologists (FRCPC) are physicians with specialist training in the interpretation of all imaging modalities providing consultation to the referring physician. To learn more about these health professionals see the websites for College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario - About MRTs and Ontario Association of Radiologists - What is a Radiologist?
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it safe to have an x-ray?
Yes, most plain x-rays use very small amounts of ionizing radiation.
- Do I need an appointment to have an x-ray?
Most plain x-rays do not require an appointment and this service is typically available on a walk-in basis during Monday to Friday (8am – 4 pm) and sometimes on Saturdays (8 am-noon). For walk-in x-rays we do require that you bring a signed requisition with you from your doctor, which indicates the kind of x-ray he/she is ordering for you.
For some specialty x-rays, such as upper GI (barium swallow), joint or facet injections, and arthrograms an appointment is needed. Please contact our Scheduling office to make these arrangements 905-472-7020. You may also find more information at the Make An Appointment page of our website.