When will I know the results?
Your doctor will generally receive the results within 24-48 hours after your exam, and you can obtain the results from him or her.
Can I get the results directly from Sierra Imaging staff?
Technologists are not trained to intrepert the procedures and therefore, cannot give any information to the patient. Once your procedure has been intreperted by the radiologist, you may request a copy of the report after 48 hours of the exam.
What about my medications?
Generally, there are no restrictions, however, there are for some procedures. Please refer to CT Preparation A for more information.
Will I need a driver?
No, unless you receive medications which will restrict your judgment, reactions or make you tired.
When can I go back to work?
Immediately after the procedure unless you have received medications which will restrict your judgment, reactions, or make you tired.
Do I need to bring anything with me to the test?
Your doctor’s order/referral slip. Any previous examinations which are pertinent to the procedure (films/reports) and a list of medications you are currently taking. If you are going to receive an intravenous (IV) injection, you may fill out and print the IV assessment form online and bring it as well. You may do the same with an online, pre-registration form.
Does my examination need to be scheduled?
Most procedures require advance scheduling, however some may be done on a walk-in basis. Please contact us if you have questions whether your procedure needs to be scheduled. It is important to note that children cannot be left unattended during your exam.
What is a creatinine laboratory test and why am I having one done?
This is applicable only to patients who are going to receive intravenous (IV) contrast. A creatinine laboratory test is an indication of kidney function. Some patients, due to certain medical conditions, medication regimens, and other factors may have less than normal kidney function. The intravenous (IV) contrast is eliminated by your kidneys, therefore, we need to know your kidney function before we give you the contrast.
Why am I repeatedly asked questions about a pacemaker, surgeries, and metal in my eyes, amongst other things?
Because the magnetic fields present in our scanners are so strong, these things can be adversely affected. We continually screen our patients for their safety. We want to avoid possibly damaging any implants and/or having them move or dislodge and potentially harming you.
Why do I have to have an x-ray of my eyes?
Any metallic objects when put in the magnetic field of the scanner have the potential to move. Any patient who has had an accident in which a metallic foreign object lodged in the eyes, will have an x-ray taken prior to the scan. The radiologist will then check the x-ray to see if the object is still embedded. Although you may have had this removed by a doctor, we will still check to ensure there is nothing left.
Are there any instructions or restrictions after the examination? Are there any restrictions on my medications? Do I need a driver?
The answer to all three questions is NO, unless you are going to be given medication for claustrophobia or pain.
What if I am claustrophobic?
You have a couple of options. We may be able to scan you in our open MRI scanner, or you may be given oral sedation to help you relax for the procedure.
What is contrast material?
Also referred to as contrast agent or contrast medium. Any internally administered substance that has a different opacity from soft tissue on radiography or computed tomography. Materials used include barium, used to make opaque parts of the gastrointestinal tract; water-soluble iodinated compounds, used to make opaque blood vessels or the genitourinary tract; may refer to air occurring naturally or introduced into the body; also, paramagnetic substances used in MRI.
What does it mean when contrast has to be used?
Contrast is used depending upon your symptoms, condition, or possible diagnosis. The use of contrast helps to better visualize areas where blood flow exists. If contrast is used for your study, it does not mean that your condition is serious or anything is wrong – it simply means that additional information gained from the injection will provide a more complete answer for your doctor. The contrast used for MRI studies is completely different and unrelated to other contrasts used for CT and radiology studies.
What is Neuroradiology?
The branch of medicine that uses radiant energy (x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging, etc.) to diagnose disorders or diseases of the central nervous system.