If you need diagnostic imaging such as a digital x-ray, CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound, you may need to choose the imaging center where you’ll have the scan done. While the freedom to choose is great, having a wide variety of centers to choose from can be daunting. To ensure you have a good experience and get the scans you need, read on for tips on choosing an imaging center.
The facility you choose should be accredited by the American College of Radiology. The radiologists and technicians themselves should be either registered and/or board certified in a particular area of specialization (such as MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc.). A reputable facility should be more than happy to provide you with information on accreditation.
Ask the Right Questions
There are several things you’ll need to know such as if the facility accepts your insurance, what days and times they are open, what the turnaround time is for reports, and what services they offer. For instance, if you are claustrophobic and need an MRI, you’ll want to be sure the facility offers open MRIs. Additionally, it’s important to ask about the equipment itself, as newer equipment produces clearer, higher quality images.
At Middletown Medical Imaging, we provide open MRIs, CT Scans, high-resolution ultrasounds, and digital X-rays.
Ask your doctor if he or she recommends a particular facility. It’s also a good idea to talk to trusted family members and anyone you know who has recently had a scan at a medical imaging center. People who have actually visited a facility can tell you how clean it was, how friendly and competent the staff was, and other things you might not hear about any other way. Also check to make sure your insurance provider is accepted at the facility.