PREP & AFTER CAREWhat you need to know before and after a procedure at Wake Radiology.
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What to Expect
Whether you visit Wake Radiology for a simple chest X-ray or a more complex imaging procedure, our entire team takes your comfort and time into consideration. Many studies require little or no preparation, but others do require you follow detailed steps before the study can be performed. It’s important to understand what to expect during your radiology exam. Talking with our scheduling team and your referring provider is the best place to start.
Before a Procedure
When you make your appointment, our schedulers will tell you about all necessary preparations for your particular exam. The physician referring you to Wake Radiology may also review pre-exam steps, as well. Two days before your scheduled exam, one of our schedulers will call you to confirm your appointment time, office location, exam type and review any needed preparations. After your exam, a report with our radiologist’s diagnosis will be sent to your physician who will review your results with you.
What if I need to reschedule my exam?
Please notify us 24 hours before your appointment if you are unable to come for any reason. If you call after hours or on the weekends, please leave a message with your name, appointment time, exam type and the best phone number to reach you. A member of our Scheduling Team will return your call on the next business day to reschedule your appointment.
Can I download any patient prep or after care instructions?
Additional prep and after-care information for both adult and pediatric exams are listed with information about specific exams in the Procedures section of our website. You may also call our Scheduling Team at 919-232-4700 with questions about preparation instructions.
Can I bring my children to the appointment?
We don’t recommend bringing children who need immediate attention with you to your procedure. Wake Radiology employees are not able to watch or care for unattended children.
Should I bring my insurance information?
Yes. Please bring all insurance information to each visit.
What will I have to pay the day of my exam?
Wake Radiology is a contracted, in-network provider with most major managed care insurance plans.
If you have insurance, you do not have to make a payment on the day of your exam unless your account in collections. We will file a claim on your behalf and simply bill you for any remaining balance after your claim has been processed.
If your plan is not within our managed care network, we also file claims on your behalf. Importantly, most out-of-network plans do have benefits that help cover Wake Radiology imaging fees.
We’re proud of the trust referring physicians have placed in our practice for 65 years. This is one of the main reasons area providers refer patients to Wake Radiology for imaging exams. Third-party companies do attempt to steer patients toward other imaging practices for a variety of reasons. We believe it’s important to both trust your referring providers recommendation and to know more about steerage in our area.
Should I take my medicine on the day of my exam?
Most radiology exams allow you to take your medications as directed. For exams that require that you do not eat or drink by mouth after midnight, we do allow you to take your daily medications with a small sip of water.
There are a few exams that will require a change in your medication. Our scheduling team will review this information with you prior to your exam. For example, prior to a thyroid scan, a patient should stop taking thyroid medications two weeks prior to the exam (6 weeks prior for an IVP). Patients may not take any pills that contain calcium for 24-hours prior to a bone densitometry scan.
Our schedulers will review preparations with you at the time of scheduling. Please do not stop any of your medications without checking with your physician.
Can I eat the day of my exam?
Our scheduling team will give you specific instructions if you are not allowed to eat or drink prior to your exam. You will not be allowed to drink after midnight for an IVP (intravenous pyelogram, an examination of your kidneys, ureters, and urinary bladder) as well as some other studies that involve the abdomen, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas. If you have not been given detailed instructions on what not to eat, you may have a normal day.
Will I feel any pain during my exam?
Most diagnostic procedures are painless and simply require that you remain still during the exam to ensure clear images. However, several studies do require the use of an intravenous contrast dye. Most exams are non-invasive. All minimally invasive procedures are performed by an experienced interventional or musculoskeletal radiologist. These doctors are trained to make your experience comfortable. If you have questions about any part of your procedure, please contact our scheduling team.
How long will my exam take?
Depending on the exam, it could last between 5 minutes to 3 hours. We will let you know how long your exam will last when you schedule your appointment. The average study – from start to finish – is less than one hour. Some nuclear medicine exams require imaging at determined intervals and may take longer, but these preparations will be discussed in detail in advance.
Can I go back to work the day of my exam?
In most cases, unless you have been given a sedative, you should be able to return to work after any exam.
Can I resume normal activities after my exam?
Depending on your exam, you may resume normal activities immediately. The exception is if you were given a sedative to reduce any anxiety you were feeling. If you have been given Valium intravenously, you will need to have someone drive you home. Your technologist will let you know if there are any restrictions that require additional recovery.