While there are many differences between the various types of diagnostic imaging tests, the basic steps in the procedure from start to finish are similar during most imaging exams. NOTE: Some exams may require you not to eat or drink for several hours, and in some cases, up to a day before the exam. Please make sure that you follow any exam prep instructions provided to you by the staff at Advanced Imaging or your referring doctor.
A typical exam begins with checking in at our reception area. After checking in, you will likely be asked to wait a few minutes while a technologist prepares for your exam. When the technologist is ready for you, you will be asked to come to the back to prep for the specific type of imaging service you will be receiving. You may be asked to change into a medical gown and remove particular articles of clothing, jewelry, etc. Your technologist will ask any questions pertaining to your exam, such as medical history, allergies, etc. If you have any questions, our technologists will be happy to answer them for you.
Once you’re prepped for the exam, you will be taken into the exam room, where the imaging will be taken. The Technologist will help ensure you are in the best position for the imaging needed. Depending on the imaging required, you may be asked to sit, stand or lie down. Think of this as a photographer would help you pose to produce the best quality photograph. You will be asked to remain still while the imaging is being taken. Once the required image(s) have been taken, your Radiologist and Technologist will review them to ensure the images are of the appropriate clarity and orientation.