FAQS

Insurance

What insurance plans do you accept?

We accept most insurance plans. Some insurance plans require pre-authorization and/or a referral. We will work with your referring physician to obtain these. We will ask for a copy of your insurance card and any referral form that is required by your insurance company when you arrive for your appointment.

Doctor Referrals

Do I have to go where my Dr. refers me?

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What if another doctor requests my films?

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Examinations

Who will perform my exam?

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My child is going to have an exam. May I be with them in the room?

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Who will interpret my exam?

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Arthrogram

How do I prepare for my Arthrogram?

No special preparation is necessary before your exam. You may eat and drink as you normally do. We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam. A dressing gown will be provided to cover the area that is being examined. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy. All l metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker.

Visit the Arthrogram page to learn more.

What's the Arthrogram like?

An arthrogram begins with an injection of a contrast agent into a joint, which will allow the radiologist to view scans of the joint in great detail. After the injection you will be taken to the MRI or CT suite. The MRI or CT machine contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. A technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you.

Visit the Arthrogram page to learn more.

CT Scans

What is a CT scan like?

Our low dose radiation CT scanner contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. The bed will automatically pass through a large hole while the CT scanner captures images of the body. Our CT technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. During the exam, you will be required to lie very still and hold your breath for just a few seconds. Exams usually last 10 minutes.

Are CT scans safe?

At 611 MRI, patient safety is of the utmost importance. We work with your doctor and our radiologists to ensure that a CT scan is the appropriate imaging exam for you. We offer low dose radiation scans.

Visit the CT scans page to learn more.

How do I prepare for a CT scan?

You may wear your own clothing if it contains no metal such as zippers, snaps, etc., near the body part being scanned. A good choice would be comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If your clothing is unsuitable, a dressing gown will be provided.

Visit the CT scans page to learn more.

What if my Doctor orders contrast with my CT?

Contrast is an agent used to enhance images on certain exams. Your doctor and our radiologist determine if oral contrast or a contrast injection will be of benefit in obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

If oral contrast is necessary for your test, you may need to drink barium the night before and the morning of the exam. We will provide the barium with instructions a few days before your test is scheduled. If a contrast agent is to be injected the technologist will do so intravenously.

Contrast typically leaves the body via urine within 24 hours. Allergic reactions to contrast agents are very rare and are typically treated with normal allergy medications.

If you have further questions or concerns about contrast, a member of our medical staff will answer them.

Visit the CT scans page to learn more.

Lung Cancer Screening

Am I eligible?

There are certain criteria for lung cancer screening set by the American Lung Association. Ideal candidates:

  • Are current or former smokers
  • Are 55 to 74 years old
  • Are smoking or have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years
  • Are smoking or have smoked two packs of cigarettes or more a day for 15 years

Visit the Lung Cancer Screening page to learn more.

What is a low-dose CT lung scan like?

Our low radiation CT scanner contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. The bed will automatically pass through a large hole while the CT captures images of the body. Our CT technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. During the exam you will be required to lie very still and hold your breath for just a few seconds. Exams usually last 10 minutes.

Visit the Lung Cancer Screening page to learn more.

Are low-dose CT scans safe?

At 611 MRI, patient safety is of the utmost importance. We work with your doctor and our radiologists to ensure that a CT scan is the appropriate imaging exam for you. We offer low dose scans which require less radiation exposure to create images of the body.

Visit the Lung Cancer Screening page to learn more.

How do I prepare for a low-dose CT lung scan?

There is no special preparation needed. You may wear your own clothing if it contains no metal such as zippers, snaps, etc. near the body part being scanned. A good choice would be comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If your clothing is unsuitable, a dressing gown will be provided.

Visit the Lung Cancer Screening page to learn more.

MRA Scans

How do I Prepare for an MRA scan?

We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam, but we can also provide you with a dressing gown. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy;all metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker.

You will be notified if you require special preparations prior to your exam.

Visit the MRA scans page to learn more.

Open MRI

What is the Open MRI like?

Someone may stay with you during the entire exam. A comfortable lounge is also available for other family members or friends.

The MRI contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. A technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. Exams normally last 45 minutes.

You will hear a knocking sound during the exam. Music of your choice can be played through headphones. We have XM radio or you are welcome to bring your own CD.

Visit the Open MRI page to learn more.

How do I prepare for an Open MRI?

No special preparation is necessary before your exam. You may eat and drink as you normally do. We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam. We can provide you with a dressing gown. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy; all metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker. IMPORTANT: Claustrophobic patients must request a sedative prescribed by their physician.

Wide bore MRI

What's the Wide bore MRI like?

The MRI contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. A technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. For certain exams, you may notice that your upper or lower body is outside of the machine. Exams normally last 30 minutes..

You will hear a knocking sound during the exam. Music of your choice can be played through headphones. We have XM radio or you are welcome to bring your own CD.

Visit the wide bore MRI page to learn more.

How do I prepare for my wide bore MRI?

No special preparation is necessary before your exam. You may eat and drink as you normally do. We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam, but we can also provide you with a dressing gown. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy, and all metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker.

Visit the Open MRI page to learn more. To learn more about preparing for your first MRI, click here.

Ultrasounds

Who are ultrasounds for?

Ultrasound imaging has many uses, from monitoring pregnancy to examining organs, and soft tissue. It is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of circulatory issues, organ issues, obstetrics and more.

Visit the Ultrasounds page to learn more.

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

Unlike an X-ray, ultrasound imaging can require preparation based on the area of the body that is being scanned. See the requirement for your scan below:

Abdominal Ultrasound (gallbladder, pancreas, liver, spleen)

  • Don’t eat after midnight.
  • A light breakfast is allowed before afternoon appointments. This can include dry toast, black coffee, tea, or clear broth.
  • Do not eat or drink any dairy product, fats, cream or oils before your ultrasound.
  • Water may be taken with your regular medication.

 
Renal Ultrasound (kidneys)

  • Don’t eat for at least 4 hours before your ultrasound. This applies to both morning and afternoon appointments.
  • Drink 24 ounces of water an hour before the appointment.  Do not urinate. 

 
Female Pelvis Ultrasound

  • Drink 32 to 48 ounces of water in the 30-60 minutes prior to your exam and do not urinate. You must have a full bladder or the test cannot be performed.
  • You may eat any foods – they will not affect your testing.

 
Male Pelvis Ultrasound

  • Drink 32 ounces of water an hour before your ultrasound. and do not urinate. Your bladder must be full for the exam.
  • A light meal may be eaten.

 
Pregnancy Ultrasound (1st and 2nd trimester)

  • Drink 32 to 48 ounces of water and do not urinate. You must have a full bladder for accurate results.

 

Visit the Ultrasounds page to learn more.

What is an ultrasound like?

During an ultrasound, a technologist will use lubricating gel on the area to be scanned; she will then place a handheld transducer over the gel and move as needed to produce a clear image on the nearby display. It is  an extremely simple and pain-free process. An internal ultrasound requires placing the transducer in the vagina.

Visit the Ultrasounds page to learn more.

X-ray

How do I prepare for an X-ray?

X-rays do not require any preparation by the patient. It is important to let your physician or X-ray technologist know if there is any chance that you may be pregnant. Depending on the area that needs to be imaged, you may be asked to change into a gown as well as to remove jewelry and accessories that could interfere with the process.

Visit the X-ray page to learn more.

What is an X-ray like?

This is a simple, painless procedure. The X-ray technologist will help you to get into position on the exam table. You will need to hold still for a few seconds.  You may be placed in several positions.The entire exam will take less than 15 minutes.

Visit the X-ray page to learn more.

What happens next?

Your X-ray images will be interpreted by a skilled radiologist, who will then send a report to  your physician. Your X-ray images will be interpreted by a radiologist and a report will be sent to your physician within 24 hours. 

Visit the X-ray page to learn more.

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