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Frequently asked questions

Home Services Imaging Frequently asked questions

Got questions about your
imaging appointment?

Q: How long does the test take?
A: Testing times vary depending on which test your doctor requests. Some tests will require as little as a half hour, while others may take several hours.

Q: Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
A: Yes, you need to bring a signed physician’s order along with your insurance cards, photo identification and any referral forms (except for a mammogram, which does not require a signed physician's order)

Q: What do I do when I arrive?
A: Upon arrival, please sign in at the front entrance. Have your insurance cards, physician's order, identification and any other paperwork ready.

Q: Should I take my medication before the exam?
A: Unless your physician or preparation information instructs you otherwise, you should take all medications as directed.

Q: Is there any preparation required for my exam?
A: The preparation for your exam depends on the type of study your physician ordered. Refer to the preparation information you received from your physician for any special instructions.

Q: Will my physician see my images?
A: Only if requested. Your physician will receive a report sent to him or her immediately after the radiologist has reviewed your images.

Q: What will I wear for my study?
A: Depending on the scan you are having, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown.

Q: How much radiation will I be exposed to?
A: It depends on the exam; however, we follow the strictest radiation safety measures to safeguard your health. With most procedures, the amount of exposure is comparable to the amount of radiation any individual receives from normal background radiation in our environment during the course of several months.