How it works
A patient is positioned so that the part of the body being imaged is located between an X-ray source and an X-ray detector. When the machine is turned on, X-rays travel through the body and are absorbed in different amounts by different tissues, depending on density of the tissues they pass through. An image will be formed that represents the “shadows” formed by the objects inside the body.
Radiography encompasses a wide range of examinations such as general X-ray of the skeletal system and GI tract. This also includes fluoroscopy, which is a special type of medical imaging procedure that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like a movie, so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.
All radiography examinations require a written requisition from your physician to be sent to our Medical Imaging department.
How to prepare
Please note: as of January 6, 2020, general outpatient x-ray exams at Whitehorse General Hospital are conducted on a walk-in basis.
- after being referred by your care provider, bring any x-ray (requisition) form given to you
- bring your Yukon health care card
- to check in, visit Medical Imaging reception in the main atrium at your convenience during operating hours
- patients arriving for an x-ray will be triaged and seen as soon as possible
Watch video: Go inside each area of WGH's Medical Imaging department to see the high-tech equipment used by our skilled staff to provide patient care and learn more about what to expect and how to prepare if you come to hospital for an imaging exam.
All imaging examinations are performed digitally, which allows the information to be securely transferred to and interpreted by a radiologist. These images can be sent electronically to many areas of the hospital and to southern medical facilities in British Columbia and Alberta. Your physician will let you know the test results.