Reduced Medical Imaging tests and procedures | March 19

Mindful Imaging.

Effective immediately and in accordance with the Provincial Phase 2 Outbreak Response, Island Health Medical Imaging is prioritizing imaging exams to support critical care.  Non-urgent exams are being postponed until further notice.  This difficult decision has been taken in order to decrease the potential  transmission of COVID-19 in our hospitals, and applies to non-urgent MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Fluoroscopy.  Referrals are being reviewed by a Radiologist and placed into pending status.  Patients are being contacted to postpone booked exams.

X-rays are not booked in advance, and this limits our ability to select for urgent cases before they present to the hospital. Please be mindful when ordering X-rays, and only order X-rays that will change patient management on an urgent basis. Non-urgent X-rays will not be performed.  If, for office workflow reasons, you give a patient a non-urgent requisition to be performed at a later date, please clearly indicate this on the requisition. We need your help to help flatten the curve and protect our community.

Please click here to view the sign that will be posted in Island Health Medical Imaging departments specific to X-ray services.


Thank you for your cooperation.

Dr Alan Andrew
Lori House 
Dr David Robertson
Alice Gelpke