X-rays are electromagnetic radiation waves used to create images of tissues within the human body. Because of its high energy and short wavelength, x-rays are able to penetrate the body's tissues and bones. The amount of x-rays that pass through will depend on the composition and mass of the tissues.
The risk of radiation is known to be extremely small in modern x-ray facilities using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment. Lead "aprons" and lead shields are used to protect the reproductive organs during most x-ray procedures.
Radiation has known effects to the fetus; pregnant women or women who think they may be pregnant should avoid having an x-ray examination until their healthcare provider can provide a benefit versus risk analysis.
To obtain preparation instructions for your upcoming test/procedure, click on a link below. You will be taken to www.radiologyinfo.org, a reliable, certified third-party radiology website that is updated frequently to provide you with current information.
Southlake Regional Health Centre supports the information provided on the following pages and will advise you of specific preparation instructions should they differ from the information contained on the pages below.
Children's (Pediatric) Voiding Cystourethrogram
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
Lower Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract X-ray (Barium Enema)
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Series/ESD (Barium Meal)
X-ray (Radiography), Bone
X-ray (Radiography), Chest
X-ray (Radiography), Lower GI Tract
X-ray (Radiography), Upper GI Tract