Imaging tests are usually covered by private insurance and Medicare or Medicaid. But there are steps to go through to ensure your exam is eligible. This can add stress for a patient who is already worried about their health. Susan Edwards, manager at Regional One Health’s East Campus Imaging Center, said her team helps [...]
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Imaging Center Manager Susan Edwards said imaging is non-invasive with little risk of pain.
Radiation from imaging is safe, but the tests should only be performed when a doctor says they’re needed
Susan Edwards, manager of Regional One Health’s East Campus Imaging Center, said the level of radiation in the tests is low and safe. “You’re not getting any more radiation than you do if you spend the day out in the sunshine,” she said.
“Plenty of patients ask, but techs should not give information and should not even react to what they’re seeing on the image,” Edwards said. “They aren’t doctors, and while they do know how to get around your anatomy, they aren’t qualified to diagnose you.”
Whether you’re a past or present smoker, the habit has put you at a higher risk for lung cancer. Therefore, you might want to consider a quick, easy screening test.
“It’s important to come back every year because your body changes,” Novak said. “Women can be scared to death the first time, but we make it as easy and comfortable for them as possible.”
The test does use radiation, so doctors only request it when there is a clear medical benefit. Patients should not undergo repeated CT scans. But, using the test to diagnose a specific injury is safe. Do not avoid a CT scan if your doctor believes it will lead to better diagnosis and treatment.
Regional One Health’s East Campus Imaging Center offers convenient MRI appointments so patients can get a diagnosis and start treatment quickly. Imaging Center Manager Susan Edwards addressed common questions about what to expect if your doctor asks for an MRI.