Frequently asked questions about radiology services.

Radiology Services FAQ

CT Scan

  1. What is the cost of a CT scan? 
    You may call our business office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to speak to a department representative about the cost of a CT.
  2. How long will my exam take? 
    The time it takes to do your CT scan will depend on the type of CT scan you are having. The time frame could be from 45 minutes to an hour and a half
  3. Do I take my jewelry off? 
    Only if the jewelry you have on is in the area where the CT scan is being performed.
  4. Why do I have to drink the barium? 
    Barium helps to distinguish the stomach, small bowel, and colon during a CT scan.
  5. Will I be able to drive home after my CT scan? 
    Yes, unless there is a reason that sedation will be needed, and if so these guidelines will be discussed with the patient prior to scheduling the CT scan.
  6. When can I eat? 
    If your exam is in the morning, do not eat any solid food after dinner the night before your exam. If your exam is in the afternoon, you may eat breakfast in the morning, but nothing after that.
  7. Can I continue to take my medication? 
    You may take any prescribed medication you are on except glucophage (Metformin). If you are taking glucophage, do not take it the morning of your exam. You must wait 48 hours after your exam before continuing your glucophage. Please notify your physician of this change.

Your Nuclear Medicine Procedure

  1. Where is the injection given and does it hurt?
    The injection is given in a vein in the arm and feels similar to a blood test. You should not have any discomfort.
  2. Can I eat before the test?
    For some tests, such as a bone scan, no preparation is necessary, so eating is okay. For other tests, you may be asked not to eat or drink for at least eight hours before your scheduled test.
  3. Are there any side effects?
    Since no dyes or contrast agents are used, there are usually no side effects to the radioactive materials even if you have had reactions to other contrast agents before.
  4. Do I have to get undressed?
    Most nuclear medicine tests do not require the patient to change unless what you are wearing has metal buttons or other metal objects attached to it. The exception would be the Nuclear Cardiac study, where you will be asked to take everything off from the waist up and put on a gown.
  5. Will I be able to drive home?
    There are no long-term side effects or reactions so there is no problem driving home after your tests are complete. Most patients are informed that they may return to a normal routine immediately following the procedure.
  6. How does the material used during the test leave my body?
    The material used during your test will leave your body through natural processes, either urine or bowel movements. You will not notice any change in either when the material is being passed through your system.


  1. Is an ultrasound the same as a sonogram? 
    Yes, sonograms are pictures created by the ultrasound's high frequency sound waves.
  2. Is radiation involved in ultrasound studies? 
    There is no radiation involved in an ultrasound study.
  3. How long does the exam take? 
    The time you will spend in the ultrasound department will vary with the type of study that your physician has ordered. Usually the studies take between a half hour to an hour.
  4. Can I take my regular medications before coming for an ultrasound exam? 
    Yes, as long as you take it with a very small amount of water only.
  5. Do I have to drink a lot of water for my ultrasound? 
    Some ultrasound examinations do require you to have a full bladder. If you are scheduled for a pelvic, obstetric or bladder ultrasound, you will need to drink plenty of water.
  6. Will you accept my insurance? 
    Our patient account representatives will address all insurance questions. Please have all of your information available when you speak to them.
  7. What is the cost of an ultrasound examination? 
    You may call our business office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to speak a department representative.
  8. Can I get my ultrasound on the weekend? 
    At this point, we do not schedule ultrasound appointments during weekends.