For workers who are considered exposed (to silica, asbestos or coal dust) chest x-rays are a legislated requirement as part of a regular lung health monitoring program, alongside spirometry testing, air quality monitoring and mask fit testing. Chest X-rays help detect lung abnormalities, which are either pre-existing or have developed during the worker’s course of employment.
Common health issues that can be identified through baseline and annual chest X-rays:
- pulmonary disorders
- cardiac disorders
Our occupational health doctor reviews every chest x-ray to determine if the patients lungs are considered to be normal or abnormal. In the event of an abnormal, every patient will be handled on a case by case basis. An abnormal chest x-ray does not automatically disqualify someone from employment in a specific field.