A guide to what to expect during an X-ray and resources for further information.


An X-ray is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure. It is used to take images of the inside of the body, and it's an effective way of looking at bones.

This imaging method is used to detect and diagnose conditions like:

  • Bone fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tumours
  • Digestive issues
  • Lung conditions
  • Cancer

What to expect

Our X-ray department operates on a walk-in basis. This means the wait times can vary.

A technologist (radiographer) will bring you to a private room to change or prepare for the exam. Depending on what part of the body is being imaged, you may need to change into a hospital gown.

You are asked to stand, sit or lie down in front of an imaging plate. During the exam, you are asked to be in certain positions and to stay still. You may have to hold your breath to keep from moving for a brief moment.

Frequently asked questions

Support for Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Wellness Liaison Team is here to support your health journey. Team members offer cultural support and healthcare advocacy. Learn more below or call them at 604-682-2344,62937 or email IWL@providencehealth.bc.ca.

  • Indigenous wellness services

    The Indigenous Wellness Team at Providence is available to support Indigenous patients and their families. We are here to coordinate culturally safe wellness supports and services.

Medical & professional referrals