Radiology: Questions to Ask Before Undergoing any Test by Dr. James Fleckenstein

Do you need to undergo a test or a procedure, x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT scan or anything else of the like? If so, you have to make sure that you ask all the right questions to ensure accurate results and proper diagnosis of your condition.

Radiologists like Dr. James Fleckenstein would really appreciate their patients asking relevant questions. Sure, they will provide clear instructions, but asking questions can sometimes still be necessary.

As long as your questions are relevant to radiology or to the test the radiologists would make, there is no reason to hold back.

If you are not sure yet which questions to ask, read the questions enumerated below:

What do you need to do before and after the exam?

You have to make sure that you know things you need to do before and after the exam, and also things you have to avoid. Every test has its own requirements, and this you need to know directly from the radiologist who will perform the test.

The doctors may also be aware of things you have to do before and after the exam, so just in case you cannot speak with the radiologist, you can just ask the doctor who requested the tests.

How long do I need to wait to get the result?

Asking how long before you can get the result is also a good idea. Setting your expectation as to when you can get the result can give you peace of mind and can limit your worries from waiting for the result to come up.

This is not to rush the result but to set your expectations and as well as the doctor who made the request. But of course, you can negotiate for faster result if needed.

There are tests that you can get simultaneously after the procedure, while there are some that you are required to wait a little longer.

Asking the radiologist as to when you can get the result is a good idea if you do not want to wait in agony.

Do you offer discounts for seniors, military, etc?

Are you a senior, military, disabled, etc? Asking the radiologist if they offer some sort of discount to patients who fall into any of the categories mentioned is a good idea. Asking this question can somehow help you prepare in terms of your finances.

If you have a health card, asking if they accept your provider is also a good idea if you want to get free tests.

Are there other tests after this?

After this test, are you expecting other tests? Sure, you want to make yourself ready, financially, physically and emotionally. Although, there are some tests that may be required after the result of your first test has been completed.

How long will the test last?

How long will the procedure last? Do you need to take a leave at work? Some procedures may last only after a few minutes, while there are some tests that require longer time to finish.

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Dr James Fleckenstein

James Fleckenstein M.D. is a Radiologist who practices in several locations including Chicago, Ill. He specializes in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology