An X-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation is passed through a body part to create an image. The image is produced as a result of the ways in which different internal structures absorb the radiation.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires all individuals applying for permanent residency and certain individuals applying for temporary residency to undergo an immigration medical examination, which includes a chest X-ray. This exam is to be performed on patients above 11 years of age.
The objective of this chest X-ray is to detect active tuberculosis in immigrants prior to arrival in Canada to ensure that they are treated and are no longer infectious upon arrival.
These exams can only be requested by IRCC-approved doctors. One of these doctors will give you a requisition form and other paperwork outlining your need for this exam. You will then be directed to go to one of the clinics approved to perform these exams: Mayfair Place, South Calgary Health Centre, The CORE, and Westbrook. These X-rays are offered on a walk-in basis, appointments are not required. Applicants must bring their immigration medical examination, unique medical identifier, or unique client identifier numbers with them to their X-ray exam.
Note: For applicants trying to immigrate to New Zealand and Australia, these immigration chest X-rays can only be performed at Mayfair Place.
Your X-ray images will be reviewed by a specialized radiologist who will compile a report that is sent to your doctor and uploaded to eMedical.
There is a cost for this exam, unless you have refugee status. This can be paid with Visa, MasterCard, debit, or cash.