The G&M Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department provides diagnostic imaging services to inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients. Our professional team is equipped to perform all routine tests which include:
- Routine x-rays
- Fluoroscopic exams, which allow physicians and technologists to view the movement of barium through the stomach and bowel.
- Percutaneous biopsies, which are non surgical tissue samplings.
- Nuclear medicine exams, which involve injection of radioisotopes, allowing physicians and technologists to examine (for example) bones for fractures, possible secondary sites for cancers, heart images, and any internal organs for diagnostic purposes.
- Mammography, which is the examination of breasts to screen both males and females for healthy breasts.
- Ultrasound, which uses sound waves to view all internal organs. Some examples include liver, bladder, neck arteries, leg veins, abdominal cavities, pregnancy imaging (determining baby size and to establish baby due dates) and diagnosis of abdominal aeortic aneurysms.
- Bone densitometry, which helps assess osteoporosis risk.
- CT (Computerized Axial Tomography) examinations, which look for strokes in the brain, head trauma (bleeds), ruptured spleens, disk rupture of the spine and neck, cancers. CT is also commonly used as a guidance tool to perform lung biopsies.
Hours of operation:
All imaging requires booked appointments except X-ray which is open for "walk-in" patients Monday-Friday 10am-3pm.
Please bring the patient's completed and signed requisition form and a valid health card with you to the Diagnostic Imaging Department, which is located on the main floor of the Hospital, just past the main lobby entrance.
If you cannot make your appointment, please give as much notice as possible so that we can arrange for someone else to take the appointment. A $25 cancellation fee will apply for all missed appointments and a $60 cancellation fee will be charged for all missed Nuclear/Cardio tests. Please call 444- 8670 if you need to cancel your appointment, providing us with a minimum of 24 hours notice to avoid being charged a cancellation fee.
Examinations (other than general X-ray) will be arranged through your family physician. If you cannot make your appointment, please give as much notice as possible so that we can arrange for someone else to take the appointment. Please call 444-8670 if you need to cancel your appointment. Emergency Department and in-patients may be given priority over outpatients. Most exams results are reported on a same day basis to the referring Physician. Written reports are usually at the referring Physician offices within 1 week after the exam appointment. If you feel it is necessary to have a personal copy of your exam results, please note that our x-ray film library requires 48 hours notice to make a CD copy and a $25.00 fee is charged. Please call 445-2550 ext. 8132 to arrange for a copy of your report, or for any other non-booking inquiries.
Part of Ontario Breast Screening Program
CGMH is now performing mammograms in the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), as the hospital has become an affiliated OBSP site.
The OBSP is a Cancer Care Ontario program dedicated to providing high-quality routine breast screening services for women ages 50 - 74.
It is recommended that women in this age group have a mammogram every two years, as part of their routine medical care, since early detection can result in significant health benefits, including increased treatment options and better survival rates.
Women can refer themselves to the program by calling the CGMH OBSP direct line to book their screening mammogram (705) 444-8670.
Additional patient benefits include:
- The OBSP is accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists Mammography Accreditation Program
- A physician referral is NOT required, so eligible women who don't have a primary care provider can book their mammogram and receive the results
- Patients and their physician will receive the results of the mammogram within 2-3 weeks
- If any additional tests are needed, the OBSP Clinic will contact the patient directly to book the appointment(s)
- Reminder letters are sent to patients when they are due for their next screening