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Your First Trip to a Radiology Appointment

There are many types of services radiologists provide for patients. Depending on your injury or diagnosis, you may be scheduled to follow up with a radiologist for a variety of tests to help with your diagnosis and treatment. Radiologists often perform common testing such as ultrasounds, CT scans, echocardiography, and x-rays.

It is important to be early to your first radiology appointment. There will be forms that need to be completed and signed before any procedures or testing can be performed. You will need to bring along your primary physician's referral so the staff will know exactly the kind of testing you need. You may need to answer some additional medical questions for the staff in the radiology clinic.

In addition to your referral, you should also bring any relevant medical records, test results, x-ray films, and medications with you to your appointment to assist staff with the testing. Your insurance card will also be copied and depending on your insurance provider, a co-pay will be due at the time of registration.

Once registered, there are several types of staff that can assist you with your testing. A nurse, technician, or sometimes a doctor will be in attendance to perform the testing. Medical personnel may be on hand to read the results immediately. Depending on the type of testing you are having done, you may have to change out of your regular clothing into a hospital gown.

Some testing such as x-rays will not allow anyone else to be in the room with you but they will be permitted to wait nearby. Other testing such as ultrasounds can be done right in a regular room. The staff will be able to guide you through the process of each test they perform if you are nervous. Most testing is non-evasive and done on an outpatient basis.