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Pre-Employment Chest X-Ray

Chest x-rays can help detect lung abnormalities and can be a useful tool for understanding the lung health of job candidates and independently recording a benchmark prior to their hire. Common health issues that can be identified through baseline and annual chest x-rays include pulmonary disorders, cancer, cardiac disorders, and tuberculosis.

Understanding the Results

Chest x-rays may reveal existing conditions or those that may have developed during the course of employment. Results with any identified abnormalities will include an interpretation by a certified radiologist and will trigger an automatic referral for further medical investigation.

Certified Technicians

SureHire supplies requisitions through our national testing network so that the worker does not need to schedule a doctor’s appointment in order to obtain a referral. Each location and its staff are individually certified.

Having SureHire coordinate x-rays as part of the your employee Lung Health Monitoring Program has multiple benefits:

  • Simple Appointment Booking – SureHire supplies requisitions so that the worker does not need to schedule a doctor’s appointment in order to obtain a referral.
  • Consistency in Testing – x-rays are completed through the SureHire national testing network to support nation-wide workforces.
  • Fast Results – Test results are distributed to the employer and worker through SureLink, SureHire’s online results portal within 10 business days. SureHire provides radiologist-interpreted chest X-ray results with any identified abnormalities, which will trigger an automatic referral for further medical investigation.

When can I test?

Pre-employment chest x-rays are important for developing a baseline which, once established, can be compared with the results of regular monitoring. Recording this baseline is crucial in order to detect any changes in worker health that may be caused by exposures on the job site.

Employers are required by federal and provincial legislation to provide medical monitoring and to notify workers of their exposure to potentially harmful substances. Failure to do so may result in fines or legal action.

By conducting chest x-rays prior to commencement of employment, the results will yield strong proof as to whether any abnormalities existed prior to hiring or if they were developed following exposure.

Booking

Booking an X-Ray test is simple. Get in touch with us:

Our Contact Centre Agents can assist you with finding the most convenient location within our extensive Canada-Wide network of facilities. 

Turnaround

Test results are distributed to the employer and worker through SureHire’s online results system within 5-10 business days.

FAQs

WHAT IS A CHEST X-RAY?

An x-ray is an imaging test that uses small amounts of radiation to produce pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body. When focused on the chest, it can help detect abnormalities or diseases of the airways, blood vessels, bones, heart, and lungs.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE DETECTED BY A CHEST X-RAY?

Some conditions that may be diagnosed by a chest x-ray include:

  • emphysema (a long-term, progressive lung condition that causes breathing difficulties)
  • heart conditions/failure
  • lung cancer
  • pneumonia
  • pneumothorax (a collection of air in the space between the lungs and chest wall)
  • tuberculosis
  • broken ribs

Chest x-rays also show the size and shape of the heart. Abnormalities in size and shape may indicate issues with heart function.

A pre-employment chest x-ray provide important information for developing a baseline, which once established, can be compared with the results of follow-up monitoring. This will allow for the detection of any changes in your health that may be caused by exposures on the job site and will also notify you of any pre-existing conditions that might make it unsafe for you to work or require medical attention.

Even if you are healthy, conducting chest x-rays prior to starting a new job will yield strong proof as to whether or not abnormalities were developed due to on-site exposure to potentially dangerous substances.

What to Expect

Chest X-rays require very little preparation. Jewelry, body piercings, glasses, and any other metal on your body will need to be removed. You will also need to undress from the waist up and change into a hospital gown. Be sure to tell the doctor or technician performing the test if you have a surgically implanted device such as a heart valve or pacemaker.

The test takes place in a special room with a movable x-ray camera attached to a large metal arm. You will stand next to a plate containing x-ray film or a special sensor that records the images on a computer. A lead apron will be provided to cover your genitals to prevent sperm (men) or eggs (women) from being damaged from the radiation. If you are a female and there js any chance that you may be pregnant, it is important to let your x-ray technician know before the test begins.

The x-ray technician will explain how to stand and will take images of both the front and side views of your chest. You will need to hold your breath so that your chest stays completely still so the images don't turn out blurry.

After the images have been captured, your part is complete. You can change back into your clothes and go about your day. The entire test takes approximately 20 minutes from start to finish.

Following your test, a radiologist will review the images and provide their interpretation. Any abnormalities will be automatically trigger a recommendation for a follow-up appointment to discuss your results with a doctor.

Know Your Rights

It is the duty of your employer to help protect your lung and pulmonary health and to inform you of the hazards you may be exposed to at work. Participation in pre-employment chest x-rays and regularly scheduled monitoring can help detect any problems early before they develop into more serious conditions.

If you believe you may be pregnant, x-rays are not recommended as the radiation produced during testing may harm your unborn baby. Please be sure to notify your doctor or x-ray technician prior to testing.

FAQs

WHAT IS A CHEST X-RAY?

An x-ray is an imaging test that uses small amounts of radiation to produce pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body. When focused on the chest, it can help detect abnormalities or diseases of the airways, blood vessels, bones, heart, and lungs.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE DETECTED BY A CHEST X-RAY?

Some conditions that may be diagnosed by a chest x-ray include:

  • emphysema (a long-term, progressive lung condition that causes breathing difficulties)
  • heart conditions/failure
  • lung cancer
  • pneumonia
  • pneumothorax (a collection of air in the space between your lungs and your chest wall)
  • tuberculosis
  • broken ribs

Chest x-rays also show the size and shape of your heart. Abnormalities in size and shape may indicate issues with heart function.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH CHEST X-RAYS?

Doctors believe that the small amount of radiation produced during x-rays used for occasional testing is well worth the benefits of the diagnostic results they yield, which may prove life saving.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT MY RESULTS?

Results are generally available within 5-7 business days and will be provided electronically to you and your employer or potential employer through SureHire's online system. Results with any identified abnormalities will include an interpretation by a certified radiologist and will trigger an automatic referral for further medical investigation.

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