Information for Australian & New Zealand Immigration Clients Or Patients requiring special examinations

>> Information for Australian & New Zealand IMMIGRATION Clients or Patients requiring Special Examinations/Procedures

Information for Australian Immigration Candidates

CR Medical Imaging Center can perform Chest Radiographs for Australian & New Zealand immigration candidates. We provide candidates with both digital or conventional radiographic services. The digital radiographic services are usually cheaper than the conventional radiographic services, because of the extra costs of courier & printing of physical films

For those clients who have registered online with the Australian Immigration Department (See http://www.immi.gov.au/), we wish to brief you on this part of the application process, where your photograph & radiograph are taken. The photograph & radiograph are then transferred electronically to Australia, where the Australian medical officers & immigration officers will decide whether your application is approved. It must be emphasized that none of the doctors or staff in this clinic can approve or recommend approval of your application.

Come Prepared

1. Bring your passport. We have to verify your passport (See procedures)

2. If you are using the eVisa service, please make sure that you have already registered on-line

The Procedure

There are five main individual procedures in the part of your application process

1. Our staff has to verify your identity. You have to present your passport to our staff, who will make certain that you are the same person that is stated in your application.

2. Our staff will take a close-up digital photo of you. This photo will be downloaded into your electronic file & sent to Australia

3. Our staff will take a digital radiograph of your chest. This digital radiograph will be reviewed by our radiologist(s). The radiologist will report on your radiograph using a set of criteria dictated by the Australian government. This set of criteria is very specific & stringent. Only radiographs satisfying all this set of criteria will be classified as normal. All others radiographs are classified as requiring further review by the Australian authority

4. Your radiograph will be electronically compressed & sent electronically to Australia

5. The report of your radiograph will be sent to the examining doctor who will perform your check up, if you need check up (Candidates applying for working holiday do not need check up)

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is very different from the conventional radiography. Digital radiography is needed, because the resultant digital image can be speedily sent to the Australian authority by electronic means. This will facilitate your application process. However, the change from conventional to digital radiography requires equipment that costs millions. The added benefits of digital radiography are lesser amount of radiation is needed & the digital process allows electronic storage of your radiograph (see below-The Radiograph)

Be Patient

Due to the complexity & the large numbers of work proceses involved, it needs some time (but much less than that expected from the conventional method) to perform these procedures correctly. Please be patient.

Additional Tests

At times, some radiographs may have features that may appear abnormal. However, these may be due to normal structures, abnormal positions of normal structures, or scars from previous infections/injuries. There are several ways to find out what is/are the cause(s) of these abnormal features. The cheapest way is to compare the present chest radiograph with your previous chest radiograph (if available). We recommend that you advise us whether you have a previous chest radiograph available. If review of past radiograph is needed, we will charge you a fee for the review. In the absence of previous chest radiograph, another radiograph may be needed. Otherwise, a CT (Computed Tomography) may be needed. We can provide these additional investigations if they are indicated

The Radiograph

As agreed in your application process, the report belongs to the Australian authority. You cannot see nor have a copy of the chest radiograph report. However, you can have a copy of your radiograph. Being a digital radiograph, we can provide you with as many copies as you wish. However, additional charge will be levied for each copy. Chest radiograph is a good document of your health. Often apparent abnormalities may be found in chest radiographs, an easy way to decide whether those abnormalities are significant is to compare them with previous radiographs. We can provide that copy either electronically (CD or email) or on hard copy (film)

Information for New Zealand Immigration Candidates

CR Medical Imaging Center can perform chest radiographs for New Zealand immigration candidates. We provide both conventional & digital radiographic services.

We are the only New Zealand appointed panel radiologist who can provide electronic transferral of digital radiographs & application forms to the New Zealand authority. This reduces the application time drastically. Also, digital radiographic services are usually cheaper than the conventional radiographic services, because of the extra cost of courier & films printings

It must be emphasized that none of the doctors or staff in this clinic can approve or recommend approval of your application.

Come Prepared

Bring your passport. We have to verify your passport (See procedures)

The Procedure

There are five main individual procedures in the part of your application process

1. Our staff has to verify your identity. You have to present your passport to our staff, who will make certain that you are the same person that is stated in your application.

2. Our staff will take a close-up digital photo of you. This photo will be downloaded into your electronic file & sent to the New Zealand authority

3. Our staff will take a digital radiograph of your chest. This digital radiograph will be reviewed by our radiologist(s). The radiologist will report on your radiograph using a set of criteria dictated by the New Zealand government. This set of criteria is very specific & stringent. Only radiographs satisfying all this set of criteria will be classified as normal. All others radiographs are classified as requiring further review by the New Zealand authority

4. Your radiograph will be electronically compressed & sent electronically to the New Zealand authority

5. The report of your radiograph will be sent to the examining doctor who will perform your check up, if you need a check up (Candidates for working holiday visas do not need check up)

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is very different from the conventional radiography. Digital radiography is needed, because the resultant digital image can be speedily sent to the New Zealand authority by electronic means. This will facilitate your application process. However, the change from conventional to digital radiography requires equipment that costs millions. The added benefits of digital radiography are lesser amount of radiation is needed & the digital process allows electronic storage of your radiograph (see below-The Radiograph)

Be Patient

Due to the complexity & the large numbers of work proceses involved, it needs some time (but much less than that expected from the conventional method) to perform these procedures correctly. Please be patient.

Additional Tests

At times, some radiographs may have features that may appear abnormal. However, these may be due to normal structures, abnormal positions of normal structures, or scars from previous infections/injuries. There are several ways to find out what is/are the cause(s) of these abnormal features. The cheapest way is to compare the present chest radiograph with your previous chest radiograph (if available). We recommend that you advise us whether you have a previous chest radiograph available. If review of past radiograph is needed, we will charge you a fee for the review. In the absence of previous chest radiograph, another radiograph may be needed. Otherwise, a CT (Computed Tomography) may be needed. We can provide these additional investigations if they are indicated

The Radiograph

As agreed in your application process, the report belongs to the New Zealand authority. You cannot see nor have a copy of the chest radiograph report. However, you can have a copy of your radiograph. Being a digital radiograph, we can provide you with as many copies as you wish. However, additional charge will be levied for each copy. Chest radiograph is a good document of your health. Often apparent abnormalities may be found in chest radiographs, an easy way to decide whether those abnormalities are significant is to compare them with previous radiographs. We can provide that copy either electronically (CD or email) or on hard copy (film)

Information for Patients requiring Special Examinations/Procedures


FOR THOSE REQUIRING IVU, CT, OR ANY SPECIAL EXAMINATIONS (except barium studies, see below):

  1. for IVU: collect laxative from our clinic, at least one day before the examination. Exception: those in acute pain nothing to eat or drink for at least 4 hours before the examination
  2. for those requiring abdominal or pelvic CT, please collect oral medication (contrast) from our office at least 1 day before the examination. Exception: those requiring urgent examination
  3. for those requiring abdominal or pelvic CT, please collect oral medication (contrast) from our office at least 1 day before the examination. Exception: those requiring urgent examination

    Contact our office immediately if you have one of the followings:
    a. allergy to drugs, medications, contrast, seafood, or plants
    b. asthma
    c. previous incidence of urticaria
    d. diabetes

    FOR THOSE REQUIRING BARIUM SWALLOW AND/OR MEAL:
    Nothing to eat nor drink for at least 4 hours before the examination. Exception: those with diabetes. Please contact our office as soon as possible.


FOR THOSE REQUIRING BARIUM FOLLOW-THROUGH, ENTEROCLYSIS, OR BARIUM ENEMA:
1. low-residue diet (no fruit & vegetables) for 2-3 days before the examination
2. purgatives (obtained from our office )as directed
3. nothing to eat nor drink after midnight of the day of the examination
4. on the morning of the day of the examination, your bowel motion should be that of clear liquid. Otherwise, please contact our office. You may need extra purgatives
5. for patients with chronic constipation (bowel motion of less than 2 per week for the last 3 months), please alert our staff


FOR DIABETICS:
1. For those examinations requiring fasting (see above), please contact your referring doctor regarding medication on the day of the examination
2. For those who are on METFORMIN (GLUCOPHAGE®), please consult your referring doctor about temporarily withholding this drug for at least 48 hrs from the day of examination.
3. For those with renal impairment: please advise our clinic


FOR THOSE WITH RENAL IMPAIRMENTS:
Please come to our office to collect a preparatory medication not less than 24 hrs before the examination


FOR THOSE REQUIRING MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) EXAMINATIONS:
1. please do not bring along expensive jewellery as all personal items have to be removed before the examination
2. for MRCP: nothing to eat for at least 6 hours before the examination
3. for those requiring MRI of the head: please do not apply any substances to hair (such as hair pins and clips) and no make-up should be used
4. please contact our staffs immediately if you have undertaken one of the following operations:
cardiac peacemaker, brain clips, any metallic implants, any artificial heart valves, any types of prosthetic devices

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