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FAQs

Do I need an order from my doctor?

The necessity for a doctor’s order may vary.

  • If you are scheduling a mammogram, are not having any breast issues, and are over the age of 40 you may schedule without a physician’s order.
  • The Pancreatic screening may also be scheduled without a doctor’s order. This is so because it is a self paying test and not currently covered by insurance.
  • Receiving an ultrasound, bone density test, and incontinence study require orders from the referring physician. Also, in the case of mammograms, those who are at baseline (age 35 to 40) and having problems with breasts require a physician’s order.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, in order to assure minimal wait time, we do ask that you schedule an appointment. In cases where testing is ordered by your doctor, the physician’s office usually calls to schedule procedures requiring an order.

At what age should I get a mammogram? How often?

The American Cancer Society and most physicians recommend starting mammograms at age 40 and having one annually thereafter. However, your doctor may advise starting at an earlier age if you have a history of breast cancer among the women in your family, especially your mother or your sister.

Do I need previous films?

If available, it is best for our radiologist to be able to compare films with your previous exam in order to give your doctor a more accurate report. If you bring the films or give us permission to obtain them in advance, your report will be timely. If you sign our release on the day of your mammogram, it may delay your report.

Will my mammogram hurt?

Each view takes two minutes or less. The machine releases immediately. There may be brief discomfort, but our technologists are especially sensitive to your response. Our use of top of the line mammography machines helps ensure the best imaging and as little need ot repeat the process as possible, thus making it more comfortable for our patients. We don’t want a woman to dread her mammogram and put our efforts into making the experience as brief and comfortable as possible.

What is Ladies Night?

Ladies Night is a service offered that allows for groups of 8-10 women to come in to have their mammograms. While you wait, free massages and snacks are provided. It’s a great bonding experience all in the name of preventative care. Call in to schedule a Ladies Night of your own.

How long does it take to receive results?

The turnaround on receiving test results is usually 24 hours, unless the procedure is done on Friday which would push it to the following Monday. Generally, the reports would be faxed to the referring physician’s office after the radiologist signs off on reports.

How long does it take to receive results?

The turnaround on receiving test results is usually 24 hours, unless the procedure is done on Friday which would push it to the following Monday. Generally, the reports would be faxed to the referring physician’s office after the radiologist signs off on reports.

When should I get a bone density scan?

When, and how often, you should get a bone density scan depends on your age, risk factors, and whether you’ve already been diagnosed with thinning bones.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you have a bone density test if:
  1. you are a woman age 65 or older
  2. you are a man age 70 or older
  3. you break a bone after age 50
  4. you are a woman of menopausal age with risk factors
  5. you are a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with risk factors
  6. you are a man age 50-69 with risk factors
A bone density test may also be necessary if you have any of the following:
  1. an X-ray of your spine showing a break or bone loss in your spine
  2. back pain with a possible break in your spine
  3. height loss of ½ inch or more within one year
  4. total height loss of 1½ inches from your original height

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Who should be screened for pancreatic cancer?

Not everyone should be screened for pancreatic cancer. Screening makes sense for people who are at risk for the disease, typically because of hereditary factors or genetic syndromes that increase the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer. Factors that Increase an Individual’s Risk for Pancreatic Cancer:
  1. Two or more first-degree relatives (parents, sibling, child) with pancreatic cancer
  2. One first-degree relative diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at an early age (under the age of 50)
  3. Two or more second-degree relatives (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, half-sibling) with pancreatic cancer, one of whom developed it at an early age
  4. History of a cancer syndrome

When is a Urodynamic Study recommended?

A urodynamic study may be recommended if you have problems with storing or voiding urine, and your doctor needs to evaluate these problems further. Possible issues that may call for urodynamic study:
  1. Incontinence (leak urine).
  2. Bladder not emptying completely.
  3. Symptoms, such as the frequent need to urinate or a constant, urgent need to urinate.
  4. Urine stream may he intermittent or weak.
  5. Persistent urinary tract infections.