Frequently Asked Questions

Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

A Radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the physician or other healthcare provider who requested the exam. The referring physician or healthcare provider will share the results with you.

Follow-up examinations may be necessary. Your doctor will explain the exact reason why another exam is requested. Sometimes a follow-up exam is done because a potential abnormality needs further evaluation with additional views or a special imaging technique. A follow-up examination may also be necessary so that any change in a known abnormality can be monitored over time. Follow-up examinations are sometimes the best way to see if treatment is working or if a finding is stable or changed over time.

What do I need to remove for my X-ray?

Any jewelery around the affected areas E.g. earrings, necklaces, glasses and dentures for upper spines and belly button rings for lower spines. You must remove nylons, tensor bandages and splints unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Can you tell me the results of my ultrasound examination at the time of the scan?

No. The Technologist who performs the exam is not permitted to provide or discuss results.

Why do I need a full bladder for my ultrasound exam?

For ultrasound studies of the pelvis or obstetrical (prenatal) ultrasounds, the full bladder acts as a window into the body. It pushes some of the organs (like gas within the bowel) away, and allows us to see much more clearly. A full bladder is absolutely essential for these examinations.

Why do I need to be fasting for my abdominal ultrasound?

Fluid and gas within the stomach after eating interferes with the ability of the ultrasound to see the inner organs. In addition, many foods contain fat which causes the gallbladder to contract which results in poor assessment of that organ.

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