Q: Why will I receive a screening phone call prior to my MRI?
A: If you are scheduled for an MRI, our MRI Coordinator will call you a few days before your exam and ask you a few simple questions, such as: “Have you had heart surgery?” “Have you had eye, or ear surgery?” "Have you had a colonoscopy or endoscopy in the past two weeks?” “Do you have any stents or shunts implanted in your body?” The reason for this screening is to ensure that you do not have a metal implant or device which is not compatible with the magnetic waves emitted from an MRI scanner. Moreover, some tattoos or implants could be perfectly safe on one MRI machine, but could be incompatible with another MRI machine. The expertise of our MR Coordinator will ensure that you have a safe and pleasant MRI experience!
Q: Is CT an X-Ray?
A: Yes. A CT scan is made up of a series of X-rays which are processed by a computer to produce cross-sectional pictures of the part of the body in question. These cross-sectional images allow one to look at the inside of the body just as one would look at the inside of a loaf of bread by slicing it. A CT scan is made up of a series of slices.
Q: Is it going to hurt?
A: Compression of the breasts is necessary for a good mammogram. It allows the radiologist, the doctor who reads the mammogram, to see the normal breast tissue better and to detect an abnormality. Compression also lowers the radiation dose to the breasts. Women who have very tender breasts may experience discomfort. To reduce this discomfort, schedule your mammogram one week after your period when the breasts are typically not as tender.
Q: Can you tell me the sex of my baby?
A: If the baby is in a good position for the sonographer to see the genital region, the baby's sex can be determined. The sex can be determined as early as 14 to 16 weeks, although it may not be clearly visible until 20 to 22 weeks.
Q: Can I have a copy of my report?
A: Yes. Please contact the site where your study was performed to request a copy of your imaging report.