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General Radiography (x-ray)

General information

General radiography refers to the techniques and processes used to create images of the human body for clinical purposes.

An x-ray beam is produced by a generator; different body tissues attenuate or absorb x-rays to varying degrees. Bones absorb more x-rays than muscle and other soft tissues.

An x-ray image, or radiograph, is created when the unabsorbed x-rays are captured behind the object by a receptor (imaging plate, digital detector), which results in a 2D image of the area of interest.

In cases where blood vessels or internal organs are to be demonstrated, a contrast media or x-ray dye is given to patients.

We offer both:

  • Radiography (plain x-ray)
  • Fluoroscopy (x-ray with instantaneous image display on monitors) with and without using x-ray dye (contrast medium) 


Appointments are not usually required for plain x-ray examinations, including x-rays of chests, abdomens, spines, knees, pelvis, hips, ankles, hands and feet. Patients coming for plain x-ray examinations will be attended to according the order of arriving at reception.

Appointments are required for skeletal surveys, tomograms, barium enemas, small bowel series and IVPs. Please contact the medical imaging office for an appointment.

  • Radiography services are not open to outpatients on statutory holidays.
  • Inpatient and First Response (Urgent Care) service is available 24 hours, 7 days per week
  • Some special procedures (i.e. Upper GI study, Barium Enema, Small Bowel Series, Arthrogram, Cystogram, Lumbar Puncture, etc.) require specific patient preparations
  • For special procedures, inquiries can be made to the reception desk 416-480-6100 ext. 1424 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday excluding statutory holidays


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    Location and Contact

    Radiography (X-ray)

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

    2075 Bayview Avenue,
    M-wing, ground floor, room MG 100
    Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

    Phone: 416-480-4336
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre

    43 Wellesley St. East
    Toronto, ON 

    Phone: 416-967-8528
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.