General X-Ray

X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body. Here at Bluewater Health, our x-ray rooms are equipped with the latest digital technology. X-rays can be taken of any part of the body. They are especially good for looking at teeth and injuries to bones.

X-rays can also be used to:

  • Find an infection, especially pneumonia
  • Look for evidence of arthritis
  • Look for fluid in the lungs
  • Look for problems in the abdomen

By using oral or IV contrast materials, x-rays can also be used for other reasons, including:

  • Looking at the stomach and intestines
  • Urinary tract or reproductive system abnormalities

There are no direct complications associated with getting an x-ray. However, the effects of repeated radiation doses may build up in the body over a lifetime, increasing the risk of some cancers or thyroid problems. Protective lead aprons and collars are used to reduce radiation exposure. The risk is higher in children and women who are of childbearing age or pregnant. If you are pregnant, or think you might be it is important to tell your technologist prior to having any x-rays. Some tests and medical treatments cannot and should not be avoided. Talk to your dentist and doctor about the risks and benefits associated with the x-ray.

Before your x-ray is taken, you may be asked to remove jewelry and put on a hospital gown.

Let your technologist know if you are or may be pregnant.

You may be given a type of contrast material.

Depending on the test, you may be asked to sit down, lie down or stand-up for your x-rays. The x-ray device will be placed around or over the part of your body being studied. You will be asked to remain as still as possible while the images are taken.

The x-ray will be sent to a radiologist to be analyzed. Your doctor will receive the results in approximately 7 – 10 days, and discuss them with you. Please note that the person conducting the test will not be able to give you the results of your test. Only a doctor, primary care provider, or specialist can provide you with that information.


Choosing Wisely Canada

Radiological Society of North America

Canadian Association of Radiologists

Canadian Radiation Protection Association


Diagnostic Imaging Department
Level 1, Norman Building
Bluewater Health
89 Norman Street, Sarnia, ON N7T 6S3

Diagnostic Imaging Department
Level 1
Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital of Bluewater Health, Petrolia
450 Blanche Street
Petrolia, Ontario N0N 1R0

Hours & Contact

No appointment required. Walk-in only.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays
Tel: 519-464-4400, Ext. 5269
Fax: 519 383-8536

No appointment required. Walk-in only.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Statutory Holidays
Telephone: 519-882-4325, Ext. 2428
Fax: 519-882-0951

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