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Medical Imaging

Appropriate medical imaging contributes towards improved patient care and ensures vital imaging is available when most needed .

Essential Imaging has been postponed.

We have been closely following the COVID-19 pandemic and listening to guidance from those leading our health care system’s response.

The ability of our health care system to respond to the pandemic is paramount. As such, we have decided to postpone the launch of the Essential Imaging initiative.

We remain committed to improving medical imaging appropriateness and ensuring vital imaging is available when it is needed the most. We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from teams that have been invited to participate in the initiative and we look forward to working with them in the future. We will keep you updated as plans for this work – including a new timeline – evolve.

We thank and strongly support everyone who is playing a role in providing high-quality care throughout BC’s response to COVID-19. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Essential Imaging

Essential Imaging is a quality improvement initiative led by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council in partnership with the Ministry of Health. It is based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative model for health care improvement.

Up to 22 teams across BC will be invited to participate in the Essential Imaging quality improvement initiative. Teams will be provided with a robust Getting Started Kit which is a change package complete with change ideas, campaign resources and quality improvement methodologies to help guide improvement at the point of care. Nine virtual learning webinars, access to subject matter experts from across the province as well as coaching calls from key leaders will also be offered to support teams with improvement efforts.

Essential Imaging aims to reduce inappropriate medical imaging for five common situations among participating primary care and emergency teams. This includes leveraging the BC Guidelines for Appropriate Imaging, promoting patient and public awareness, supporting provider education and provide decision support resources to increase medical imaging appropriateness.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

What Happens When Imaging Is Ordered and Used Appropriately?

  • Waitlists for imaging are shorter
  • Patients undergo the right tests and experience less harm
  • Patients are exposed to less radiation
  • Emergency departments become less congested
  • Critical imaging tests are available when we most need them
  • Coordination of care is improved
  • Patients are introduced to alternative care options

Appropriate medical imaging is a cornerstone of quality care. Canadian studies suggest a wide variation in inappropriate medical imaging rates, ranging up to 24%.

Imaging is an invaluable resource and we want to ensure that it is available for those that need it the most!

Resources Coming Soon!

We want to make it easy for you to participate in Essential Imaging, so we are currently creating a wealth of resources and tools to help you on your appropriateness journey, including:

  • Posters
  • Lanyards
  • Patient and care provider-specific brochures
  • Strategies and ideas to test and implement into your everyday setting
  • Point-of-care clinical decision resources

These resources are coming soon!

Key Contact

Sarah Carriere
Leader, Health System Improvement