Immigration Chest X-ray

About Immmigration Chest X-rays

A chest x-ray is an absolute requirement imposed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is performed to check for signs of tuberculosis in people looking to immigrate to Canada. A radiologist will evaluate your chest x-ray for general findings as well as evidence of active and latent tuberculosis.

Before the test

There is no physical preparation for an X-ray (digital radiography) test.

The cost of the x-ray is $40 - the cheapest in town! Cash is preferred, but Mastercard, Visa and Interac may also be used.

You must bring your immigration medical examination, unique medical identifier, or unique client identifier numbers with you for your immigration chest x-ray. These numbers are required to retrieve your health case in eMedical, the online tool used to submit your x-ray results.

You should avoid wearing jewelry or clothing with metallic items for your x-ray eg necklaces, watches, hair clips, pins, underwire bras, and clothes with metal buttons, zippers, or snaps.

We will ask you to tie up any long hair as this commonly causes obstruction of the image.

Women of reproductive age (11-55) will be asked about the possibility of pregnancy. Lead shielding will be provided if you are pregnant. Pregnant patients will also be asked to sign a consent form, explaining the radiation risks, before proceeding with the exam.

During the test

You may also be required to remove some of your clothing and put on a gown.

During an X-ray, you will be asked to take a deep breath and hold it while the X-ray is being taken. The X-ray process is quick.

After the test

Once the test is completed, you are able to return to your normal activities. We will submit the image and the results to eMedical.

Your requisition form

To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your your requisition from the IRCC panel physician, as well as your immigration paperwork.

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