Patients and their caregivers want more information about upcoming imaging examinations, but many are not getting it according to a recent study in the journal Radiology. “One in five people are showing up for the exam without any information about the test they are getting,” said Dr. Jay K. Pahade, an associate professor of radiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Unfortunately, patients that don’t have enough information are often more anxious before their radiology exam.
We at FWRadiology believe in doing whatever we can to make our patients more comfortable and more informed. You will receive helpful information about your radiology procedure before your examination. If you would like additional information, we recommend starting your research at RadiologyInfo.org, an online resource for medical imaging, jointly sponsored by RSNA and the American College of Radiology. RadiologyInfo.org will help you learn how various X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for your exams. The website contains over 230 procedure and disease descriptions covering diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiation safety in English and Spanish. You will also find videos of radiologists explaining common imaging exams to help you better understand your upcoming exam including how to prepare and what to expect during your appointment.
As always, feel free to ask your doctor if you have any additional questions and contact us if you need more assistance.