Immigration Chest X-Ray

A chest X-ray is a mandatory requirement from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It’s used to check for indications of tuberculosis for anyone looking to immigrate into Canada.

The chest X-ray will be examined for:

  • General radiological findings.
  • Evidence of active or inactive TB disease.

What are X-rays used for?

Applicants must bring their immigration medical examination, unique medical identifier, or unique client identifier numbers with them to their X-ray exam. These numbers, or your name and passport numbers, can be used to retrieve your health case in medical – an online tool used by doctors, who are approved by IRCC to do medical exams, to record and send immigration medical exam results to IRCC.

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How does it function?

X-ray imaging is used to look at the lungs to check for signs of active TB. X-rays use a type of electromagnetic ionizing radiation to create images of your lungs, heart, and the bones of your chest and spine. A small amount of radiation is sent into the chest and different areas of the chest absorb this radiation at different rates, creating an image with various shades of grey. When filled with air, the lungs show up as darker areas while the heart and lung vessels will appear as lighter areas.

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Some things you need to inform the technician prior to getting the X-ray done

  • If you are pregnant or planning to get soon, you need to inform the technician. Chances are that you may be stopped from having the X-ray since it’s harmful for the developing baby.
  • If there is any metal in the particular part of your body that needs imaging. This includes different kinds of rings in various body parts. This is because metal blocks the X-rays.

What does our customer say about us?

I had an appointment today for ultrasound and x-ray.Everyone I dealt with was polite , professional and pleasant. COVID protocols were followed and the offices were very clean.

Anita O'connell

Excellent service. Carona is so friendly at the reception desk. Made my day. I would always go to this clinic from now on. Both my xray and mammogram were done very professionally.

K Niko

Yes, you will need a requisition from your doctor or nurse practitioner for all examinations.

If you have time to prepare before the exam, we ask that you shower, refrain from wearing scented products (due to patients and employees with allergies) and wear clothing that is easily removed if necessary. T-shirts with no heavy appliqué and elastic waist pants or shorts are ideal and in many cases these can be x-rayed through. You may be asked to remove items that may interfere with the exam such as earrings, necklaces, glasses, dentures (upper spine), belly button rings (lower spine), nylons, tensor bandages, and splints (unless otherwise advised by your doctor). It is recommended that you leave valuables at home as the clinics do not have a secure location to store these items.

You should not have an x-ray during the first trimester of your pregnancy. If your doctor approves an x-ray during your pregnancy this will be indicated on your requisition and lead shielding can be applied to your abdominal region.

We request that you do not bring children with you to your exam. To prevent exposure to the radiation they cannot enter the x-ray rooms with you. Because our staff needs to focus on other patients they are not able to supervise children in the waiting room. Please arrange to leave the children at home or to bring another adult to watch them in the waiting room.

General exams can range from 10 minutes in length (finger) to 45 minutes (complete spine or skeletal survey).

Our technologists are registered and are specially trained to perform your exam, but only radiologists are qualified to interpret your results. For this reason, our technologists cannot discuss what they see with you.

You have the option to purchase a CD of your images. Please ask the receptionist about the fee and processing time for this service.

Your results are reviewed first by the radiologist and the report is usually faxed to your doctor by the end of the day. Urgent results will be phoned or faxed to your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor also has the option to view your results online.