Radiography (X-ray)

Radiography examination uses X-rays to produce images of bones and internal organs like lungs and kidneys. It is often the first basic exam used to screen for medical conditions, before doing more specialized examinations.

Conventional radiography is used to diagnose bone lesions, calcifications or fractures, osteoporosis and arthritis.

X-ray examinations are provided by the Medical Imaging Department.

How to access our services?

  • You do not need an appointment for a conventional X-ray exam, but you do need a physician’s referral.
  • You may report directly to the Medical Imaging Reception anytime between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

About The Program

What to bring

  • Health Card
  • Physician’s referral

When you arrive

  • Please report to the Medical Imaging Reception in Block D.
  • After registration, a clerk will guide you to the room where the exam will be done.
  • As there are no appointments, there might be a waiting period.

Preparation and procedure

  • An X-ray exam requires no special preparation.
  • If you are or may be pregnant, please inform the technologist who will take necessary precautions for your health and safety. Some imaging tests are not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Depending on the body area to be examined, you may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and wear a hospital gown during the exam.
  • You may also be asked to remove your eyeglasses, jewellery, belt, dentures or other metal objects.
  • During the exam, you could be lying on a table or standing, depending on the type of exam.
  • The exam is painless.
  • The exam could take up to 12 minutes.

Test results

  • The hospital will send the test results to your family doctor within 10 working days.
  • Results will also be available in your electronic medical record. For information on the creation of an account and how to access your electronic medical record, visit MyChart.
  • You must book an appointment with your family doctor or health-care professional that sent us the referral to discuss your test results.

Business hours

No appointment

Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Telephone

613-632-1111, option 1 (Appointments), then option 2 (Diagnostic Imaging)

Fax

613-636-6172

Address

HGH – Main Campus
1111 Ghislain Street
Hawkesbury, ON K6A 3G5

The Medical Imaging Department is located in Block A. View a hospital plan.

Referring a patient for an X-ray exam at HGH

To refer a patient, please use the Ocean eReferral Network or download, fill out and fax the referral form to 613-636-6172.

Appointment booking line: 1-800-790-8870, extension 82501

Note on sinus X-ray exams

Following a recommendation from the physician-led Appropriateness Working Group, as of October 1, 2019, sinus X-ray is no longer covered by OHIP. When diagnostic imaging is required for sinus problems, please request a CT scan.

Improving the quality of patient care by using more accurate diagnostic imaging for sinus problems

  • Current evidence indicates that imaging of the sinuses is not required when diagnosing most sinus problems.
  • When imaging is required, X-rays are not as effective as other approaches such as CT scans.
  • Avoiding unnecessary X-rays of the sinuses will prevent patients from being needlessly exposed to radiation.

Link to the announcement of the Appropriateness Working Group Recommendations