What to Expect During Your Medical Imaging Appointment
If you’ve never had a medical imaging appointment before, or if your only experience with imaging is the X-rays you received when you visited an emergency room, you might be apprehensive about what to expect when you visit a center like Middletown Medical Imaging. There is no need to be stressed. As one of the premier centers for medical imaging in NJ, we pride ourselves on making the process as comfortable and stress free as possible.
While you know you can expect the highest quality care from our highly trained technicians, you might be wondering what to expect on a more practical level. Every patient is unique, and your experience may vary somewhat based on the type of imaging you need and your specific condition, but most appointments follow the same general process.
Checking In – We strongly recommend visiting our online Patient Portal before your appointment; there you can access important forms and complete them before you arrive at the medical imaging center. Plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete any additional paperwork, check in, and have a few moments to relax before your procedure. Don’t forget your insurance card and any other documents that were requested when you made your appointment.
Preparing for Your Procedure – When it’s time for your procedure, one of our friendly team members will escort you to the appropriate room, confirm the information that you’ve provided, and ask additional questions to ensure your safety and the readability of the images. You may be asked to change into a gown, and to remove jewelry, hair accessories, glasses, hearing aids, or other items that could interfere with the imaging process.
In some cases, you may need to drink a special liquid, or receive an injection, that will improve the contrast of the images. If so, you’ll be informed before your appointment, since it will often mean no food or drink a few hours or more before your appointment. Your technician will also explain how the procedure works, show you the equipment, and answer any questions you may have.
During the Procedure – At this point, your job is to relax and follow your technician’s instructions. He or she may ask you to change positions, breathe deeply, or simply remain still while taking the images. Keep in mind that the technician cannot provide a diagnosis, but you can ask questions during the procedure. If you’re uncomfortable, anxious, or afraid, let the technician know, and he or she can help you through the process.
After the Procedure – In most cases, once the technician has taken the required images, you’ll be able to get dressed and go home. Usually, the technician will review the images quickly to ensure they are clear and readable, and if there are issues, you may need to retake some of them.
If you had to take a sedative, or if the procedure was more involved, you may need to spend a little time in recovery before you leave, or bring along someone who can drive you home. Again, the technician does not provide diagnosis of images, but will forward them on to your health care provider for interpretation. In most cases, you should hear from your provider about the results of the imaging within a few days.
Overall, most medical imaging appointments are relatively quick, and you should plan on 1 to 2 hours for the typical procedure. Follow the proper instructions, and you won’t have any difficulty at all. For questions about Middletown’s medical imaging in NJ, call us at 732-275-0999. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!