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Bone Mineral Density (BMD)

The goal of BMD studies is to accurately and reproducibly measure your bone mineral density and compare the measurement to reference population standards. This comparison contributes to your referring physician’s diagnosis of osteoporosis in symptomatic people, assessment of risk of sustaining fracture, and the possible need for appropriate therapy and fracture prevention programs. It is also useful in evaluating the effectiveness of prior or current therapy.

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General Radiography (X-ray)

Conventional radiology is a simple, painless procedure that enables the radiologist to analyze the bone and soft tissue anatomy for diagnosis. X-rays or radiographs use a form of ionizing electromagnetic radiation to detect abnormalities in all different parts of the body.

Xray

Ultrasound

Ultrasound, (also referred to as sonography), is an imaging technique that generates high resolution images of internal organs, vessels and tissues in the body using high frequency sound waves that bounce off internal tissues and produce echoes. 

  • These echo patterns produce images of the body tissue being examined. Sound waves are sent and received through a small hand held device known as a transducer. 
  • The returning sound waves are used to produce the images. 
  • Special computer equipment is used to convert these echoes into visual data. 
  • Since ultrasound images are captured real time, they can show movement of internal organs and tissues and enable physicians to see blood flow.
Ultrasound

Booking an appointment

All Ultrasound exams & BMD require an appointment X-ray are walk-in. You must have a referral form (requisition) signed by your doctor for the exam. Please bring this requisition with you to your appointment. To avoid any misunderstanding please let our staff know which exams have been requested by your doctor when calling for an appointment.

  • You will be asked to present your Health Card at each visit, so please bring it with you.
  • Wait times and exam times may vary.
  • Please telephone within 24-48 hours prior to your appointment if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
  • If you arrive late for your appointment, or if you are not fully prepared, your examination may have to be delayed or rescheduled. Please follow preparation instructions accordingly as if you are not fully prepared, your examination may have to be delayed or rescheduled.
Ultrasound and Bone Mineral Density exams
Ultrasound and Bone Mineral Density exams

Ultrasound and Bone Mineral Density exams generally require an appointment. (Occasionally, subject to availability, bone mineral density and some ultrasound exams may be accommodated on a walk-in basis, however availability on a walk in basis cannot be guaranteed.

Please call (416) 510-9977 (Don Mills) or (416) 321-2670 (Lawrence) in advance to confirm availability).

X-ray exams
X-ray exams

X-ray exams do not require an appointment as patients are seen on a first come first served basis.



Note: You may book an appointment for your exam in person or by phone (416) 510-9977

General guidelines for the day of your exam

1

Preparation depends on the type of exam requested by your physician. Listed below are the exam preparations.

2

Please remove all body piercing
prior to appointment

3

If you are taking a prescribed medication,
please take it with some water.

Please follow preparation instructions accordingly. If you are not fully prepared, your examination may have to be be delayed or rescheduled. If you have any special needs such as physical limitations, please call ahead to advise our staff.

  • Notify our technologist prior to the exam if you are or may be pregnant
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled exam unless otherwise notified. This will allow time for registration and completion of any required paperwork. If you are late for your appointment you may be required to wait, or your exam may have to be rescheduled.
  • Bring the completed requisition signed by your doctor with you on the day of your exam.
  • Bring your health insurance card with you as you will be asked to present it at the time of your exam.
  • If you have any prior X-rays or scans with you that may be pertinent to the requested exam please bring them with you as these may be helpful to the radiologists.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed by your physician.
  • Wear loose, comfortable, metal/plastic free, clothing. Avoid wearing jewelry.
  • Be prepared to change into a patient gown if necessary.
  • For Bone Mineral Density (BMD) exams you will be asked to complete a BMD questionnaire at the time of your appointment.

Abdominal Ultrasound

30-40 minutes

Kidneys, Gall bladder, Liver, Spleen, Pancreas

AM exam: Avoid fatty dinner. Nothing to eat or drink from midnight the night before (8 hours fasting). Small quantities of clear fluids are permitted. Any medication should be taken as required.

PM exam: For breakfast you may drink, black tea or coffee (NO MILK OR SUGAR) up to 9 am. Fasting the rest of the day.

Abdominal & Pelvic Combined/ Urinary Tract Ultrasound

30-40 minutes

Avoid fatty dinner. Nothing to eat for 8 hours before the exam. Small quantities of clear fluid are permitted.

Finish drinking 4 cups or 1 L (2bottles) of water one hour prior to the exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER.

Abdominal Ultrasound

30-40 minutes

Finish drinking 4 cups or 1 L (2bottles) of water one hour prior to the exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER.
Note: If you are booking a “transvaginal” examination, please let us know when booking appointment.

Breast Ultrasound

30-45 minutes

No special preparation.

Ultrasound of Scrotum, Thyroid, Breast & Musculskeletal

30-60 minutes

No special preparation

Bone Mineral Density

15-20 minutes

Calcium, Vitamin D and Multi Vitamins must be stopped 48 hours prior to appointment. No Barium or IV Contrast studies with in 10 days.

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Ajax - Bayly

95 Bayly St W, Ajax, ON L1S 4E5, Canada
208
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends
Does: Lab Tests ECG
Wheelchair Accessible

Collingwood - Huron Street

28 Huron St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1C4, Canada
Unit 102
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Does: Lab Tests ECG
Wheelchair Accessible

Erin - Thompson Cresent

2 Thompson Crescent unit 2, Erin, ON N0B 1T0, Canada
Unit 2
This location will be by appointment only until further notice.
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests ECG

London - Barker Street

124 Barker St, London, ON N5Y 1X9, Canada
Unit 2
(Closed for lunch between 12 - 1pm)
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

London - Gainsborough Road

990 Gainsborough Rd, London, ON N6H 5L4, Canada
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG

London - Oxford Street

140 Oxford St E, London, ON N6A 5R9, Canada
Unit 104
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

London - Southdale Road

510 Southdale Rd E, London, ON N6E 1A5, Canada
Suite 202
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests ECG

London - Wortley Road

190 Wortley Rd, London, ON N6C 4Y7, Canada
Closed for lunch between 12 - 1pm
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Markham - Yonge Street

7163 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T 0C8, Canada
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
LUNCH: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Does: Lab Tests ECG
Wheelchair Accessible

Mississauga - Derry Road

3530 Derry Rd E, Mississauga, ON L4T 4E3, Canada
Unit 208
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

Mississauga - Goreway Drive

6870 Goreway Dr unit 102a, Mississauga, ON L4V 1P1, Canada
Unit 102A
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early
Does: Lab Tests

Niagara - Fonthill (Hwy 20)

155 Hwy 20 W, Fonthill, ON L0S 1E5, Canada
This location will be by appointment only until further notice.
Mon,Wed: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

Orillia - Memorial Avenue

119 Memorial Ave, Orillia, ON L3V 5X1, Canada
Unit 104
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

Stratford - Douro Street

444 Douro St, Stratford, ON N5A 0E6, Canada
Unit 106
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

Toronto - Broadview Avenue!

855 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P9, Canada
(Broadview & Danforth)
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests X-Ray US
Wheelchair Accessible

Toronto - College Street

622 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada
(College & Grace)
Suite 203
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
LUNCH: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday:9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Toronto - Dixon Road

245 Dixon Rd suite 112, Etobicoke, ON M9P 2M4, Canada
Suite 112
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Toronto - Don Mills Road

1262 Don Mills Rd. suite 206, North York, ON M3B 2W7, Canada
Suite 206
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG X-Ray Covid-19

Toronto - Finch Avenue East

3420 Finch Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 2R6, Canada
(Finch & Warden)
Suite 204
Due to power outage, This location is closed on Saturday Aug. 13th 2022
Mon,Tues, Thur: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Toronto - Keele Street

2830 Keele St suite 304, North York, ON M3M 2G8, Canada
Suite 304
Mon-Thu: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Toronto - King Street

100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 1A9, Canada
First Canadian Place
Unit CN0108
Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Toronto - Kipling Avenue

2291 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9W 4L6, Canada
Suite 117
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

Toronto - Lawrence Avenue East

2130 Lawrence Ave E suite 300, Scarborough, ON M1R 3A6, Canada
(Lawrence & Birchmount)
Suite 300
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Diagnostic
Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 2:00pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests ECG US

Toronto - Midland Avenue

2025 Midland Ave suite 402, Scarborough, ON M1P 3E2, Canada
(Midland & Ellesmere)
Suite 402
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
LUNCH: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Does: Lab Tests

Toronto - Overlea Boulevard

45 Overlea Blvd suite b1, Toronto, ON M4H 1C3, Canada
(Don Mills - Overlea)
Mon,Tue, Thu, Fri : 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Late
Does: Lab Tests

Toronto - Pape Avenue

751 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3T1, Canada
Basement
test
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Toronto - St. Clair West

1223 St Clair Ave W suite 304, Toronto, ON M6E 1B5, Canada
(St Clair Ave W & Dufferin)
Suite 304
Mon, Tue, Thur: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests

Toronto - Wellesley Street

151 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4Y 1J4, Canada
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Does: Lab Tests ECG

Vaughan - McNaughton Road

191 McNaughton Rd E, Vaughan, ON L6A 4E2, Canada
Unit 101
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Early
Does: Lab Tests

Vaughan - Rutherford Road

2630 Rutherford Rd, Concord, ON L4K 0H2, Canada
A100
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early
Does: Lab Tests ECG
Wheelchair Accessible

Waterdown - Hamilton Street

95 Hamilton St N, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H6, Canada
Waterdown
Mon, Tue, Thur: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early Late
Does: Lab Tests

Welland - Prince Charles Drive

555 Prince Charles Dr N suite 111, Welland, ON L3C 2T8, Canada
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Late
Does: Lab Tests

Whitby - Anderson Street

5959 Anderson St, Whitby, ON L1M 2E9, Canada
Lower Level, L8
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Open: Weekends Early
Does: Lab Tests
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Questions and Answers

The results of the ultrasound examination are determined by both the real time (observed during the examination) and the final static images produced. After the examination, this information is reviewed by a radiologist in order to generate a written report for your referring doctor.

You will be asked to change into a patient gown prior to your exam. Ultrasound imaging is painless easy and relatively fast. The part of your body being scanned depends on the exam requested by your physician. You will be asked to lie on an exam table and the technologist (sonographer) will spread a lubricant gel on your skin and then press a hand held transducer firmly against your skin on the areas of the requested exam. The gel helps the transducer,(the device that sends sound waves into your body) to make secure contact with your skin and eliminate any air pockets. The transducer is moved back and forth until the desired images are acquired. You will be asked to hold your breath for brief periods of time so that high quality motion free images can be obtained. You may feel some be slight discomfort from pressure as the sonographer guides the transducer over your abdomen, especially if you are required to have a full bladder. The examination takes an average of 30 minutes and you will be able to immediately resume your pre-examination activities.

Abdomen/Inguinal/Hernia Morning exams

Avoid fatty dinner. Nothing to eat or drink from midnight the night before (8 hours fasting). Small quantities of clear fluids are permitted. Any medication should be taken as required.

Abdomen Afternoon exams

For breakfast you may drink, black tea or coffee (NO MILK OR SUGAR) up to 9 am. Fasting the rest of the day

Abdomen & Pelvic - Same Visit

Avoid fatty dinner. Nothing to eat for 8 hours before the exam. Small quantities of clear fluid are permitted.
Finish drinking 4 cups or 1 L (2bottles) of water one hour prior to the exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER.

Pelvic/Obstetrical

Finish drinking 4 cups or 1 L (2bottles) of water one hour prior to the exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER.

Prostate-Transrectal

The evening before the examination, take Dulcolax Rectal Suppository (purchased at the drug store). Empty bowels before appointments

Finish drinking 4 cups or 1 L (2bottles) of water one hour prior to the exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER.

A completed referral form (requisition) signed by your physician is required to book an appointment for ultrasound. Please bring your requisition and health insurance card with you on the day of your appointment.

Ultrasound uses non-ionizing radiation and is extremely safe. No x-rays are used and there are no known harmful effects or complications.

Ultrasound based diagnostic imaging techniques are used to visualize muscles and internal organs (including the heart, blood vessels, uterus & bladder), their size, structures and possible pathologies or lesions as well as blood flow through blood vessels. Obstetric Ultrasound is commonly used during pregnancy to assess fetal well being, determine fetal position, verify diagnosis of multiple gestational sacs (twins etc) and rule out ectopic pregnancy. Ultrasound provides information for your physician about the specific soft tissue structure being examined, or about the blood flow in vessels within the soft tissues. Soft tissue structures include a mass in or around a joint, or in a muscle or within your abdomen or pelvis.

The following parts of the body can be imaged using Ultrasound:

Abdomen: liver, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen major blood vessels.
Pelvic: reproductive organs, appendix, bladder.
Obstetrics: rregnancies 1st trimester.
Superficial structures: thyroid, breast, scrotum.
Extremities (musculoskeletal): tendons and muscles (shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, wrist).

A radiologist specialized in the imaging and diagnosis of disease will review the x-ray images and prepare a written report that is sent to your referring physician. Your physician will consider this information in context of your overall care and discuss the results with you.

The medical radiologic technologist will escort you to a dressing room where you will be given a patient gown, if necessary, and you will be asked to remove specific articles of your clothing that may interfere with the exam to ensure that the x-ray is free of artifacts (e.g. material from your clothing, zippers, snaps, buttons, clips, jewelry metal objects etc.). You will then be taken to the x-ray room where you be asked by the technologist to stand, sit or be positioned on an x-ray table based on the type of exam your physician has requested. After the technologist has completed taking your x-rays, you may be asked to wait in the x-ray room while your images are reviewed for diagnostic quality. Additional images are occasionally required to ensure the examination completely demonstrates the area in clinical question.

For a routine x-ray examination, no preparation is required. The average x-ray study takes approx 15-20 minutes to complete.

If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, be sure to inform your physician and the technologist prior to the start of the x-ray examination. Most examinations using x-ray will not be performed on pregnant women unless the benefits of the examination outweigh the risks of radiation exposure to the fetus.

In many cases wearing a patient gown is necessary because many items (e.g. coins, keys zippers buttons, wallets cards etc) can show up on your x-ray and obscure or cover pertinent information.

X-ray uses ionizing radiation. Qualified radiologic technologists are trained in radiation safety and protection and use techniques utilizing the minimal dose to achieve optimal results. Lead aprons and shields are used for adequate shielding. All examinations performed are well within permissible levels of diagnostic radiation dosage. If your physician has referred you for an x-ray, he/she has decided that its value outweigh any risk. On some occasions extra views of an area may be required to better demonstrate anatomy or pathology.

An x-ray image (also known as radiograph) is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through a body part and is recorded on film or computer to produce a black and white anatomical image. Areas that are more difficult for x-rays to penetrate such as bone appear white on the image and areas that x-rays penetrate more easily such as lungs or other areas filled with air appear black. Soft tissue, vessels and organs appear as various shades of grey on the x ray image depending on their composition.

X-rays are commonly used to determine the presence or absence of disease, bone or joint abnormalities, bone fractures, demonstrate pathology, detect foreign objects in the body, and demonstrate relationships between bone and tissue or to check internal organs such as heart and lungs. The most frequently performed exam is a chest x-ray.

The radiologist will generate a written report which will be sent to your referring physician.

You will be asked to lie down on an exam table for approx 15-20 minutes whilst a small x-ray detector scans the spine, hip or both. Once the exam is completed you are free to leave and resume your normal daily activities.

Calcium, Vitamin D and Multi Vitamins must be stopped 48 hours prior to appointment. No Barium or IV Contrast studies with in 10 days

A written referral signed by your physician is required prior to booking an appointment for a BMD exam. You must bring the referral form with you for appointment. Prior to booking an appointment please advise your physician if you recently had a barium examination or if you have been injected with a contrast media or radioisotope scan.

As we age our bones naturally become thinner as calcium and other minerals are lost causing the bones to become lighter, less dense, and more porous (osteopenia). This makes the bones weaker, and increases the risk of a fracture. With further bone loss, osteopenia leads to osteoporosis a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly and silently until a bone breaks. Any bone can be affected, but typically fractures occur in the hip, spine, and wrist. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery and can impair a person's ability to walk unassisted and may cause prolonged or permanent disability. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity. Although osteoporosis can occur in men, it is most common in women older than age 65.

A BMD test is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that measures the density of minerals (such ascalcium) in bones using a special X-ray, Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This methodology uses two different X-ray beams to estimate bone density in your spine and hip and can measure as little as 2% of bone loss per year strength of your bones. The procedure is fast, painless and uses very low doses of radiation to measure BMD and provides valuable information for estimation of the strength of your bones.