- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Bring your driver’s license
- Bring your most current insurance card(s)
- Provide a list of current medications
- Provide a list of any allergies
- Provide name and phone number of your pharmacy
A radiologist is a medical doctor that uses imaging technologies to get a snapshot of your body, interpreting your results to accurately diagnose and treat conditions, diseases and injuries.
Generally, a radiologist:
- Acts as an expert imaging consultant to your referring physician
- Helps determine the appropriate imaging exam for your needs
- Directs radiology technologists (the specialists who operate the equipment) to ensure quality exams
- Reviews and interprets the images from your exam
- Provides your physician with a detailed report of your exam
- Recommends further exams or other net steps in your treatment
The practice of radiology involves two general types of work: diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures. Diagnostic imaging involves interpretation of images created by X-rays, Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, etc. These images are used to locate and diagnose conditions. Interventional radiology involves minimally invasive placements of needles or tubes into the body generally to diagnose or treat diseases.
Certain procedures and insurance companies require a written request or referral from your primary care physician, while others may not.
Yes, there are certain elective procedures available to you without the need for a referral. These elective procedures may not be covered by your insurance. Its important to understand what your insurance covers and what your financial responsibility is before committing to an elective procedure.
Yes. Who you choose for your scans is a patient’s right. Ask your doctor to refer you to our clinic, or contact your insurance company to request authorization. You can also call us, too—we’d be glad to help.
Appointments are ONLY necessary for patients of the Interventional Radiology Clinic. They are NOT needed for hospital patients. If applicable, call our Interventional Radiology Clinic’s office if there is a specific appointment time that works best for you. We will make every effort to accommodate your schedule.
You can review the necessary new patient paperwork packet here.
Some insurances will cover one procedure and not another. It’s best to call your insurance provider and check to ensure you are covered for the procedure or examination prior to scheduling your appointment.
Each procedure is different. Prior to your procedure appointment, a doctor or technician will talk with you about what to expect, and preparation necessary for your procedure or exam.
After your procedure, a radiologist will read your scans to find any abnormalities, or identify any areas of concern. The results of your procedure will be shared with you via your doctor in a follow-up appointment.
We make every effort to ensure you are comfortable during your scan or procedure. While you may experience some discomfort during some diagnostic procedures, most interventional procedures employ a local anesthetic to reduce any soreness or pain.
All medical interventions and treatments come with some degree of risk. Our job as medical practitioners is to weigh the potential outcome and the risk together to make recommendations for your care. All risks and benefits will be discussed with you so you can ultimately make the best decision on how to move forward.
To obtain copies and any study or report, please contact the hospital system in which you were seen.
Calling the phone number listed on your bill will direct you to a representative who can assist you.