Exams requiring an appointment

Please book an appointment for the following exams, and refer to the preparation instructions.

  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Pelvic or Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Abdominal and Pelvic combined/Urinary Tract Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound of Scrotum, Thyroid, Breast and Musculoskeletal
  • Bone Mineral Density
  • Breast Ultrasound

Booking an appointment

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 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, by telephone or online.

For contact information and directions go to our Diagnostic Imaging Centres
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.

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Preparing for your an exam

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Preparation depends on the type of exam requested by your physician. General X-Ray and Bone Mineral Density exams do not require any preparation. Certain Ultrasound exams do require special preparation (e.g. fasting, full bladder etc). The preparation instructions below apply to most adult patients.

WARNING: If you are, or may be pregnant, please let us know before your X-ray examination.

Abdominal Ultrasound

30-40 minutes
Kidneys, Gall bladder, Liver, Spleen, Pancreas

AM exam: Nothing to eat or drink for 8-10 hours. Avoid gas producing products the night before.
PM exam: Early light breakfast, but no dairy/ fat or gas producing products for 8 hours and no eating for 6 hours.

Pelvic or Obstetrical Ultrasound

30-40 minutes

Drink 40 oz (5 large glasses/ 1.5 litres) of water. Start drinking 90 minutes before and complete 60 minutes before (water/ juice/ black tea or coffee). You need a full bladder. Do not void until after the examination.
Note: If you are booking a “transvaginal” examination, please let us know when booking appointment.

Abdominal & Pelvic Combined/ Urinary Tract Ultrasound

30-40 minutes

No eating for 6 hours and no fat, dairy or gas producing products for 8-10 hours (ask if there are any exceptions).
Also, drink 40 oz (5 large glasses/ 1.5 litres) of water, 60 minutes prior to examination. You need a full bladder. Do not void until after the examination.

Ultrasound of Scrotum, Thyroid, Breast & Musculskeletal

30-60 minutes

No special preparation.

Bone Mineral Density

15-20 minutes

If you had a NUCLEAR MEDICINE scan or BARIUM test, allow one week before having this test.
Max Wt. = 300 lbs.

Breast Ultrasound

30-45 minutes

No special preparation.
Do not use deodorant and/or powder on day of examination.

General guidelines for the day of your exam.

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.