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

Canadian studies suggest that up to 20% of medical imaging is inappropriate or non-essential, potentially exposing patients to harm from additional testing, unnecessary radiation exposure and unnecessary anxiety caused by the investigation of false positives.1

That’s why we launched Essential Imaging, an initiative aimed at helping teams initiate, implement and spread best practices for appropriate medical imaging in five common areas in primary and emergency care:

  • Uncomplicated headache
  • Minor head injuries
  • Suspected pulmonary embolism
  • Low back pain
  • Moderate to severe osteoarthritis in hip or knee joints

About Our Essential Imaging Initiative

Essential Imaging was a quality improvement initiative to help care providers, team leaders and staff members partner with patients to successfully initiate, test, implement and spread evidence-based best practices for appropriate medical imaging in five common areas in primary and emergency care.

Supported by the BC Ministry of Health and informed by clinical practice, experience and expert contributions, we provided evidence-based and locally tested tools and resources designed to accelerate change as well as coaching and support for participating teams.

The virtual action series took place from March to July 2021 and featured interactive webinars to share knowledge and techniques on embedding appropriateness into everyday work.

Learn from Past Webinars

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.

The Latest Medical Imaging Resources