For Patients 

Preparing for your visit

Please take these following steps prior to your appointment:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.

  • Find out if your policy or plan requires a preauthorization or referral.

Come to your appointment with your insurance card, name and address of your plan or insurer(s), name and address of your claims payer (if different from insurer), your ID and group numbers, and the name of the policyholder or subscriber.

If applicable, for workers' compensation, automobile, or personal injury cases, we require the name and address of your attorney as well.

What to bring to your visit

  • Bring all applicable insurance cards

  • Please provide our staff with 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule

  • Please leave all jewelry and unnecessary valuables at home

  • Take medications as prescribed

  • Do not hesitate to call our facility with any questions that you may have

  • Unless otherwise instructed by your physician, you may eat and drink normally before your exam

  • You may bring your favorite CD to listen to during your exam

  • Bring a designated driver if necessary

Preparations

MRI:  

There are no special preparations needed for an MRI. The exam lasts 30 to 60 minutes depending on the body part being scanned and is usually divided into 3 to 4 imaging segments. In some instances, a contrast agent (gadolinium) will be administered if requested by the referring physician. The patient may eat, drink, and take his/her medication prior to the exam. Patients are required to leave all coins, jewelry, keys, credit cards, hair pins, glasses, hearing aids, removable dental plates and any other metallic objects in a secured area. Absolutely NO MRI for patients with coclear implants, cardiac pacemakers or Brain Clips. If you have a history as a metal worker, you must be screened with an X-ray prior to your MRI. Please bring any prior films and reports and make them available to the radiologist for comparison and diagnosis.

CT- SCAN:  

For a CT of the abdomen, pelvis and contrast studies require the patient not to eat 6 hours prior to the exam. The patient may be required to pick up an oral contrast agent two days prior to the scan. For all CT scans with intravenous contrast studies, patients over 40 years of age, patients currently receiving chemotherapy and patients with a history of nephrectomy must have bloodwork done with BUN and Creatinine levels tested. Most studies take about 10 to 15 minutes.

ULTRASOUND:  

For a Pelvic or Transvaginal Ultrasound, drink and hold in 32 ounces of water one hour before the appointment. For an Abdominal Ultrasound, do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to the appointment. For Obstetrics or Bladder Ultrasounds, drink and hold 24 ounces of water one hour prior to the appointment. There are no specific preparation instructions for Breast, Renal, Carotid, Testicular, Thyroid, and Doppler exams.

MAMMOGRAPHY:  

Schedule your appointment time for shortly after menses. Please do not use any powders, cream or deodorant under you arm or around the breast area prior to your exam. Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit. If possible, obtain and make available to the radiologist any prior mammogram studies. If you cannot obtain your previous mammograms or this is your first mammography, you must sign a waiver stating that you will allow your films to be read without comparison to any previous films.

BONE DENSITOMETRY:  

If a patient is on calcium supplements, they cannot take calcium the day of the test.

After exam is completed

  • After your exam is completed, a radiologist who specializes in analyzing images of the specific area of the body you had examined will prepare a diagnostic report to share with your referring physician.

  • Quick Reports/Results: We understand that both patients and physicians are anxious to obtain the results of scheduled diagnostic procedures and that's why we normally deliver our reports for most procedures within 48 hours.

  • Sat reports are always available for emergency cases

Providing you with the best doctors

Douglas Boxer, MD
Steven J. Meyerson, MD
Howard Kirzner, MD