Frequently Asked Questions
Does my doctor need to order my examination?
Yes. Diagnostic Imaging Services at LRH requires a written referral (sometimes called a requisition, order or request) from a physician for imaging examinations. This is similar to the requirements for patients to obtain prescription drugs or other doctor-ordered patient care items.
Do I need an appointment?
It depends on the examination. Outpatient plain films (for example, chest X-rays, or bone films like ankles or wrists) are performed on a walk-in basis. More specialized examinations are performed by appointment, including mammography (breast imaging), gastrointestinal examinations (such as upper GI series or barium enema), genitourinary examinations (such as an IVP), and ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans.
What paperwork should I bring with me?
Most outpatients should bring the written request (sometimes called "the order" or "the referral") from their doctor. (Sometimes these requests are sent ahead to the radiology department, especially for examinations scheduled in advance by appointment.) If you received any appointment slips or patient preparation instructions, bring these along, too.
It is also advisable to bring a list of your current medications (or you can bring the medications themselves) and any information you have about any allergies you may have. Information on medicines and allergies is not needed for simple X-rays like a chest X-ray or an ankle film, but sometimes patients do not realize they are really scheduled for more complicated studies like a chest CT. If in doubt, bring the information.
Where can I get more information about my test or procedure?
Will my insurance cover this test?
Coverage for imaging tests is variable and depends on your insurance carrier, your plan, any exclusions and sometimes the indications for the examination. We are not able to interpret your policy and encourage you to contact your insurance company.
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