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How long does my exam last?
The length of time your exam will be, depends on the type of exam it is. We will be happy to let you know the length of your study. Please call us at 864-885-0551
Will you or my doctor contact me with the results?
After your exam, your results are interpreted by one of our onsite board certified radiologists within 24 hours and then a report is faxed or emailed to your referring doctor. Your referring doctor will then get in touch with you depending on their policy.
Why is MRI so noisy?
The gradient magnetic field is the main source of acoustic noise associated with an MRI procedure. This noise is produced by the rapid alterations of currents within the gradient coils. These currents, in the presence of the strong static magnetic field of the MRI system, produce significant (Lorentz) forces that act upon the gradient coils. Acoustic noise, loud tapping and knocking, are produced when the forces cause motion or vibration of the gradient coils as they impact against their mountings which, in turn, flex and vibrate.
At Mountainview, our new MRI is 90% more quiet then other MRI machines on the market. It was built with a special sound-dampening material and makes for a much more comfortable experience for our patients.
Can I fall asleep during my exam?
Some exams may require you to follow breathing instructions such as those in Ultrasound, X ray, and CT, so we would prefer you be awake. Other exams don’t, and you are more than welcome to sleep. Your technologist will be happy to let you know.
Why must I get undressed and get into a gown for my exam?
Many times your clothing or objects on your clothing may block the areas of interest your technologist is trying to capture in order for our radiologists to get a clear picture to interpret. In MRI, we must remove any magnetic objects to insure they don’t become projectile during the exam or damaged from the magnetic field.
Why is it so cold in the room?
These are big machines and must be kept at certain temperatures to perform at the peak of their ability. It is very important that we keep them at an appropriate temperature in order for them to work properly. Unfortunately, this means that we must keep the temperature in rooms on the cooler side. Your technologist will be happy to give you a blanket or a robe during your exam to keep you comfortable if you desire.
How long before my doctor gets the results for my exam?
Most exams will be read, interpreted, and diagnosed within 24 hours. After your exam, your technologist sends your images to the radiologists reading room, where one of our three onsite radiologists interprets the results and faxes or emails them to your doctor. The minute your report is posted it is also available online in our physician portal. This is secure site that your physician can access with their own login and password information to review your report results as well as your images.
While most reports are complete within 24 hours, there are a few exams that may take longer. Sometimes the radiologist will use previous images taken to compare to your current exam in order to check for changes or improvements. If your exam was completed at another facility, we request those images. We always try to get those images ahead of time or same day if possible, but sometimes other facilities can’t get them ready within that timeframe. We have a member of our staff that goes out each day to pick up and deliver cds and films to varying offices.
Sometimes your referring doctor will order a call report. Call reports are reserved for emergency cases only where the referring physician needs an immediate answer. If your exam is a call report, the radiologist will interpret your exam as soon as it is complete and get a verbal diagnosis to your physician. Exams are usually read in the order that they are performed.
Can I get a copy of my report?
Of course you can. Remember, this is your exam and your medical results. By law, you have a right to your medical records. We send your report to your referring doctor because they can explain the results to you as written in the radiologist’s report. Often times they prefer to be able to answer your questions should you have any, and they like to give you a better understanding of what your report means. You may call us and request a report be printed and available for you to pick up or mailed to you, or you are welcome to simply drop by and we can print that off to you.
Is this going to hurt?
Most exams performed only require you to lay down and relax while your images are taken. Some exams, may require an injection of a material called contrast which means a needle stick for an IV to be placed and possibly some blood to be taken to check .
For other exams such as biopsies and arthrograms, we use a local anesthetic to numb the area and most patients report feeling absolutely fine during the process.
One other exam that some patients can find uncomfortable is the mammogram. Because it compresses the breast tissue it can be painful for women with sensitive or tender breasts. We recommend if at all possible to have your mammogram 7-10 days after the first day of your period and to avoid caffeine for a few days before your mammogram. These are some factors that may cause tenderness in your breasts and make your exam more uncomfortable.
Is there a doctor at the office?
We always have at least two radiologists in the office to read your exams during the work week. Often times they will come out of their reading room to perform biopsies and arthrograms or to explain results in certain situations. They also make themselves available by phone to your referring doctors for any questions your doctor may have on what type of radiology exam is most appropriate to order or to further explain diagnoses and recommendations. Most of their time is spent reading and interpreting all the different types of radiology studies our technologists present them with, to ensure that the exams are reported as thorough, detailed, and completed within 24 hours as promised.
What is this test called?
Chances are your doctor will give you a copy of our order form to bring with you to your exam. Your order form lists your information, the clinical history of why you are coming in for an exam, and then the exam will be circled under different headings. An example of this would be under the line that says “CT”, the word “Head” might be circled. This would mean you are having a CT of your head. Another way to find out is to ask your referring doctor what he or she has scheduled or ordered you to have. Feel free to call us. We are more than happy to tell you about what you are scheduled for and your technologist will explain your procedure to you.
Why do I have to drink all that water?
There are certain exams that may require you to prepare for them. Water tends to displace gas and bowels out of the way providing a window to view the area of interest. Without the water it would be next to impossible to get clear and precise results.
Why can I not have anything to eat or drink?
There are certain exams that may require you to refrain from food or drink for a certain amount of time. The typical patient’s intestines are about 7 meters long. When you eat or drink, the waste and gas product must pass all the way through in order for the radiologist to see clearly to the source of what it causing your problem. We want the best possible pictures at all times.
When will I get my mammogram results letter?
After your mammogram is complete, the images are sent to our radiologist’s reading station and interpreted. If you have had more than one mammogram, our radiologist will compare your previous with your new. In order to do that, we need your previous films or images. If you had your mammogram at Mountainview, we simply pull up your previous to compare and finalize your report. When a patient comes from another facility to us, we send off for their previous images and get them in as soon as possible.
If we have the previous images, the doctor will finalize your report within 24 hours and it will be mailed to you within 2-3 days. If we don’t have your previous images, as soon as we receive them your exam is interpreted and mailed to you.
Where are you located?
We are very lucky to be located right off of Hwy 123 (Sandifer Blvd) near Miracle Circle. Many locals find us once we tell them we are in between Athens Restaurant and Captain D’s. There is a big blue sign with our logo you can see from the road.
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Do you have to have a doctor's order for a plain xray?
We know it can be frustrating to need a doctor’s order for your exams. However, the law and DHEC require us to have a doctor’s order for any exam involving radiation, except for a screening mammogram. An xray exam exposes the patient to radiation and anytime this is the case, your doctor needs to give his or her recommendation of whether the benefits outway risk.
What is the best time to come in for an xray, so that I don't have to wait long?
Xray exams are the only exams we don’t usually make appointments for. Most people that get xrays don’t know they are getting one until right before they need one, so it’s hard to keep a schedule. Our technologists work as quickly as they can to make sure your images come out detailed and include all anatomy of interest. Patients don't normally wait long, if at all, when they come in.
What insurances do you accept?
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