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Medical Imaging During COVID-19

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Medical Imaging During COVID-19

The medical imaging system is playing a key role in British Columbia’s response to COVID-19. Currently, chest CTs and X-rays are only necessary to evaluate patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and show signs of complications.1

Care providers should refer to guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control on if a test is necessary.

The Medical Imaging Advisory Committee, a provincial group that provides expert advice and recommendations to the Ministry of Health to support continuous improvement in medical imaging, is developing resources about the role of imaging in diagnosing and managing COVID-19.

In response to requests for care providers to conduct chest CTs and X-rays, the committee developed a poster that radiologists and medical imaging departments can print and display. It supports patients and physicians in helping contain possible spread of COVID-19 while conserving resources and supplies for when they’re needed most now and in the future. It also promotes physical distancing and key resources about symptoms, assessment and testing.

Furthermore, as patients return to hospitals for radiology appointments, health care staff anticipate anxiety and concerns around safety. The committee has developed a resource to help patients know what to expect and feel safe when they arrive for their appointment.


Ensuring Patient Safety in the Medical Imaging Department

Use this poster to help patients plan ahead and feel safe as they return to the hospital for radiology appointments.

Download the Poster
Medical Imaging During Covid-19

Medical Imaging During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Download and print this poster so that patients and physicians can help our health care system respond to COVID-19 by ensuring chest CTs and X-rays are available when needed most.

Download the Poster

Stay Up to Date

Things are changing quickly as we learn more about COVID-19 and how to treat the virus. We will update this page if best practice recommendations change.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s webpages for health professionals and public health partners as well as the public. The BC Ministry of Health has also published a COVID-19 support app and self-assessment tool.

The Provincial Guidelines for Medical Imaging in BC During COVID-19 Pandemic Phases are also now available online.

Medical Imaging Advisory Committee

The Provincial Medical Imaging Advisory Committee advises and makes recommendations to the Ministry of Health to support continuous improvement in medical imaging. Members include:

Dr. Monty Martin
BC Cancer Head, Department of Radiology
Co-Chair, Medical Imaging Advisory Committee
Carolyn Rudden
Ministry of Health Director, Medical Imaging Strategy
Co-Chair, Medical Imaging Advisory Committee
Dr. Alan Andrew
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Dr. Kevin Beckner
Interior Health Authority
Dr. Simon Bicknell
BC Radiological Society President
Dr. Heather Bray
BC Children’s Hospital
Dr. Alison Harris
Vancouver Coastal Health
Guidelines & Protocols Advisory Committee
Dr. Saqba Farooq
Northern Health Authority
Dr. Bruce Forster
University of British Columbia
Dr. Emil Lee
Fraser Health Authority
Dr. Sandra Lee
Guidelines & Protocols Advisory Committee
Dr. Jonathon Leipsic
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Dr. Doug McTaggart
Guidelines & Protocols Advisory Committee
Jennifer Elliot
Providence Health Care
Lori House
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Colleen Kennedy
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
Susan Larson
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Sharon Manship
Diagnostic Accreditation Program
College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC
Tim Rode
Interior Health Authority
Lisette Vienneau
Northern Health Authority
Ken Winnig
Provincial Health Services Authority



  1. Canadian Association of Radiologists. Canadian Society of Thoracic Radiology and Canadian Association of Radiologists’ statement on COVID-19 [Internet public statement]. Ottawa Canada; March 16, 2020. Available from:

Key Contact

Sarah Carriere
Director, Health System Improvement (Acute & Long-Term Care)