Important Questions to Ask Before an Imaging Exam
Both Radiology Ltd. and the American College of Radiology
urge patients and physicians to review the following questions:
- Why do I need this imaging exam?
- How will having this imaging exam improve my health care?
- Are there equally good imaging alternatives that do not use radiation?
- Is the facility where I am scheduled for the exam accredited by an official accreditation organization (e.g. the American College of Radiology)?
- Does the physician ordering the scan have a financial interest in the facility providing the exam (i.e. do they directly profit from having the exam performed at that facility)?
- Are the imaging technologists at the facility certified?
- Are the physicians reading my exam sub-specialty trained radiologists?
- If the exam is for a pediatric patient, is the radiation dose appropriately reduced or “kid-sized”?
Important PrecautionsAlways remember:
- Before having an exam, be sure to tell the doctor or technologist if you are, or might be, pregnant.
- Don't insist on an imaging exam if your doctor explains it isn’t necessary.
- Don't refuse an imaging exam if there is a clear need for it and the clinical benefit outweighs the small radiation risk.
Patients have the right to submit comments regarding a facility’s imaging and services. Comments can be submitted in writing to any Radiology Ltd. facility.
American College of Radiology: Patient Comments
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