Sierra Imaging your-first-visit

Your First Visit

schedule with Sierra Imaging1. Scheduling Your Exam Time

Imaging exams require a written order or referral from your physician. Our staff will verify your insurance benefits and make sure that any authorization needed is in place prior to your appointment.

When calling to schedule, please be prepared to provide the following:

• Your name and date of birth
• Name of the doctor ordering your exam
• Type of exam and any clinical information or reason for exam
• For private health insurance, please have your card ready as you will need to provide your identification/member number and group number
• Our staff will verify your insurance benefits and make sure that any authorization needed is in place prior to your appointment.

There are history, registration, and screening forms that you can print and fill out before your appointment. This will help expedite the registration process for your appointment. Please click on Online Forms to view the forms applicable to your exam. It is important to note that children cannot be left unattended during your appointment.



reception2. When you arrive

• Please check in with our friendly front desk staff
• You will need to have your insurance card and photo ID ready
• Have a seat in our comfortable waiting area, and just relax
• Our technologist will be out to greet you shortly


3. During the exam

mri

MRI Exam

During the scan, you'll lie on a cushioned table. Most scans will also require the use of a camera which will be placed near the area to be examined. As the scan progresses, you will hear some noises similar to knocking. These are normal operating sounds and ear protection or music will be provided for you. Most scans average 20-30 minutes and your technologist will be communicating with you during the exam via an intercom to let you know how long the exam will be taking for each series of images.

If you are claustrophobic, we also offer oral sedation. Please let us know at time of scheduling if you think you need sedation. We'll ask you to bring a driver and arrive a little earlier for your exam.

Do you have an Open MRI?

We have a 0.6T high field Open MRI scanner. The are no walls at both ends, and one side. It is also bright and comfortable. So patients affected by clastrophobia will be relieved to know that the 0.6T Open MRI lacks the confining walls, but yet still provides high quality images.

You are welcome to come in to preview our scanners before you make an appointment.


You should be able to return to normal activities immediately following your exam. Meanwhile, the images from your exam will be interpreted by a specialized radiologist. This information is then sent to your referring healthcare provider.

X-ray Exam

Our x-ray technologist will explain the procedure to you before the exam and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to inform our staff if you are or may be pregnant.

An x-ray examination is a painless procedure. Our technologist will position you on the x-ray table and places the x-ray film holder or digital recording plate behind the area of the body being imaged. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvic area or breasts when feasible to protect from radiation. You must hold very still and may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. The technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the x-ray machine. You may be repositioned for another view and the process is repeated. An x-ray examination usually takes 5 to 10 minutes per exam your healthcare provider has ordered.

Special care is taken during x-ray examinations to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for evaluation. National and international radiology protection organizations continually review and update the technique standards used by radiology professionals. Modern x-ray systems have very controlled x-ray beams and dose control methods to minimize stray (scatter) radiation. This ensures that those parts of a patient's body not being imaged receive minimal radiation exposure.

ct exam

CT Exam

Our CT technologist will explain the procedure to you before the exam and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to inform our staff if you are or may be pregnant.

A CT scan is typically a very fast scan. You will likely only be on the scanning table for 15 minutes or less.  If any contrast is given (oral or IV), there will be extra time needed. The technologist begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back or less commonly, on your side or on your stomach. Depending on the part of the body being scanned, you may be asked to raise your arms over your head.

Next, the table will move quickly through the scanner to determine the correct starting position for the scans. Then, the table will move slowly through the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed. Depending on the type of CT scan, the machine may make several passes. You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning. Any motion, whether breathing or body movements, can lead to artifacts on the images. This loss of image quality can resemble the blurring seen on a photograph taken of a moving object. Which may result in repeat images.

When the examination is completed, you will be asked to wait until the technologist verifies that the images are of high enough quality for accurate interpretation.



walking4. After the exam

You should be able to return to normal activities immediately following your exam. Meanwhile, the images from your exam will be interpreted by a specialized radiologist. This information is then shared with your referring healthcare provider, usually within 24 to 48 hours.

If you have any questions, please call us and we will be happy to assist you.