Northern Health’s medical imaging departments strive to provide high quality, efficient diagnostic testing services to residents in the North.
Our clerks, technologists, radiologists, and administrative staff are committed to upholding the highest medical standards and providing medical staff and patients with the diagnostic tools to improve health and wellness.
Northern Health medical imaging provides primary and tertiary services that includes image guided diagnostic and therapeutic services. View more information on medical imaging locations and tests.
Northern Health medical imaging embraces working collaboratively with other health authorities, a wide range of health practitioners and with the BC Ministry of Health striving to provide consistent and standardized services to our diverse patient population. The BC guidelines are produced by the Guidelines and Protocols and Advisory Committee (GPAC) a joint committee between the Doctors of BC and the BC Ministry of Health.
- Appropriateness criteria - Knee and hip (PDF)
- Appropriateness criteria - Knee and hip patient, when is it appropriate? (PDF)
- Appropriateness criteria - Lumbar Spine (PDF)
- Appropriateness regional checklist (PDF)
- Appropriateness UHNBC checklist - MSK and lumbar (PDF)
- MRI prioritization guidelines
- Requisition (PDF)
MRI central intake sites are:
Fort St. John
Northern Health’s medical imaging departments provide special procedures such as biopsy, joint injections, aspiration, line placements, and other tests that require a radiologist on site.
Northern Health strives to ensure accessibility of services, while ensuring that services are only provided where the required expertise of radiologists and technologists is present, and where required special equipment and post procedure care (if necessary) is available.
When requesting a procedure to be booked, care must be taken to follow the booking process to ensure that the test is booked where the procedure can be performed, and minimizing patient travel where possible.
Procedures are organized by low, medium, and high risk, which determines where the requisition will be sent. The process for sending the imaging procedure requisition is:
- Determine the risk category and site by referring to the procedure list
- Follow the referral pathway to determine which site is sent the requisition.
Requisitions will be sent to the appropriate imaging facility as determined by the special procedure list and referral pathway.
Please note that procedures at a site may be temporarily delayed or unavailable due to radiologist and/or staff absence or equipment downtime.
Northern Health medical imaging advocates for the use of the provincial guidelines developed by the Specialist Trauma Advisory Network (STAN). STAN is a specialist advisory and oversight network for complex trauma cases across BC.
- STAN clinical practice guidelines: Comprehensive guidelines for trauma including BC imaging guidelines for major trauma.