For Patients and Physicians

We know that you have a CHOICE, and our mission is to offer you exceptional patient care utilizing the most advanced technology with the finest radiologists and a dedicated, compassionate staff. One of our coordinators will call you prior to your exam to discuss your procedure preparation and answer any questions you may have.

Preparation for your exam

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging tool which uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body. Unlike CT scans or traditional X-rays, MRI uses no ionizing radiation. These highly detailed images may help your physician evaluate a wide range of conditions within your brain, spine and muscles, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cancer, joint abnormalities and back pain.

Choice Diagnostic Imaging is proud to offer the latest in MRI technology with our non-claustrophobic, wide and short bore Philips 1.5t scanners. Our MRI scanners are designed for enhanced patient comfort with a wide, short-bore magnet. With our advanced technology, we are able to complete most procedures within 20 to 30 minutes.

Are there precautions I should take in preparation for this procedure?

Because of the strong magnetic field, patients who have a pacemaker, ear implants or aneurysm clips should check with their physician before having an MR exam. Patients who have other types of metal implants and patients who have been exposed to shrapnel or whose eyes have been exposed to metal shavings also might not be candidates for MRI. It’s important to let your physician and us know if these conditions apply to you.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

There may be certain preparatory requirements dependent upon your procedure. If your MRI scan requires preparation, one of our clinical coordinators will call and give you complete instructions and answer any of your questions, prior to your appointment.

Depending on which body part is being studied, the use of an IV contrast agent, may be utilized. The contrast agent, Gadolinium, enhances the blood vessels, organs, and any abnormalities . If your exam requires this contrast injection, we ask that you do not consume food or liquids, other than water, 4 hours prior to your exam. Please note, it is very important to alert the technologist to any medical allergies before receiving IV contrast. Your usual medications should be continued unless noted by your physician. Also, please let our staff/technologist know if there is any possibility of a pregnancy.

Additional preparation is required or MRI Prostate Imaging. One of our technologist will contact you 4 days prior to your exam date and review the details.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing or depending on the type of examination you are having, you may be asked to put on a patient gown or scrub set. Also, please remove any metal-containing objects such as watches, necklaces, or bracelets, because they can affect the image quality. Cell phones, wallets and purses are not allowed in the MRI scan room as the strong magnetic field could damage batteries or electronic devices. Lockers for your personal belongings are provided within our changing rooms for your convenience.

What does the scanning procedure involve?

You will be asked to lie down on the MRI scanning table.  Once our certified MRI technologist has you positioned correctly, he or she will go into our adjoining room.  Even though the technologist has left the MRI room, he or she can see you through a glass partition and communicate with you at all times via a sound system that connects the two rooms. The technologist will then alert you as to when the scanning table will move and the exam will begin.  At times during the procedure, you may hear a loud rhythmic knocking sound inside the machine.  This is the sound the scanner makes as it generates a harmless magnetic field that will create the image.

Must I hold still during the examination?

Yes, holding still is important for optimal image quality. If you have difficulty holding still, please speak with our certified MRI technologist prior to your exam.

What happens after your scan?

Once your scan is complete, our board-certified radiologist will review the sequences of detailed MRI/MRA images obtained during your procedure and dictate the medical findings. Once transcribed and approved we will then send your physician a formal written report, as they will discuss the results with you. At the request of your referring physician, Choice Diagnostic Imaging will not release results to you until after you have reviewed them with your doctor.

A CT scan is a sophisticated diagnostic tool which combines X-Ray technology and a high-speed computer to produce a detailed image of your body. CT is one of the best tools to evaluate internal organs of the head, chest, abdomen, or pelvis, but is also useful in evaluating bone pathology, including tumors and fractures.

Choice Diagnostic Imaging is proud to utilize the Ultra-Low-Dose 64-slice Siemens Somatom Perspective.

Unlike a standard X-Ray, our ultra-low dose 64 slice CT x-ray source rotates around the patient, and each rotation produces a cross sectional “slice” This advanced imaging technology scans the body in rotational fashion and because the rotational movement of the x-ray tube and horizontal movement of the table occur simultaneously, our CT can obtain more information in a shorter period. Advantages of our CT include a more rapid scan time and a lower dose of radiation. In addition, a CT procedure can usually be performed with a few breath-holds instead of one for each image or slice. Thus, patient comfort and tolerance are increased.

How safe is Ultra-Low Dose CT?

Because CT involves x-rays, radiation exposure is a risk. However, the amount of radiation received during a ultra low dose CT is nominal. The benefits of having the CT scan greatly outweigh the minimal health risks. These benefits include high accuracy and earlier detection of even the smallest abnormalities.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

There may be certain preparatory requirements dependent upon your procedure….. If your CT scan requires preparation, one of our clinical coordinators will call and give you complete instructions and answer any of your questions, prior to your appointment.

Depending on which part of the body is being studied, the use of an IV contrast agent, containing iodine, may be injected to help the blood vessels, organs, and any abnormalities enhance. If your exam requires this contrast injection, we ask that you do not consume food or liquids, other than water, 4 hours prior to your exam. Please note, it is very important to alert the technologist to any medical allergies before receiving IV contrast. In addition, for studies of the abdomen or pelvis, you may be given an oral contrast, barium, to drink before the scan. Your usual medications should be continued unless noted by your physician. Also, if there is a possibility of pregnancy please alert our technologist prior to the exam.

What can I expect during the CT procedure?

Your CT scan will be performed by a certified CT technologist who will explain the procedure to you. In the CT suite, the technologist will position you on the table of the CT scanner which will slide into the large doughnut-shaped hole of the scanner. The technologist will give simple directions, such as hold your breath, during the study and you will be asked to relax and lie as still as possible. It is important to remain still because movement of the body will blur the images, which decreases the accuracy of the study.

During the study, within the circular opening is an x-ray tube and detectors. As the scanner rotates around you, low-dose CT x-rays pass through the body and are absorbed differently by various organs. The detectors record the x-rays that are absorbed by the tissues and this information is sent to the computer. The computer converts this data into an image displayed on a video screen.

Your procedure usually takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the study that is being performed.

What happens after your scan?

Once your scan is complete, our board-certified radiologist will review the comprehensive series of CT images obtained during the procedure and dictate the medical findings. Once transcribed and approved we will then send your physician a formal written report, as they will discuss the results with you. At the request of your referring physician, Choice Diagnostic Imaging will not release results to you until after you have reviewed them with your doctor.

Our Zonare Z.One digital ultrasound accommodates a wide range of clinical capabilities and allows various organs in the body to be examined.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing or depending on the type of examination you are having, you may be asked to put on a patient gown or scrub set. Lockers for personal belongings are provided within our changing rooms for your convenience.

Other preparation depends on the type of examination you are having. For some scans your doctor may instruct you not to eat or drink for as many as 6-8 hours before your appointment. For others, you may be asked to drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to your exam and avoid urinating so that your bladder is full when the scan begins.

What can I expect during the Ultrasound procedure?

Most ultrasound exams are painless and easy. Your procedure will be performed in one of our private exam rooms.

Once you are positioned on the examination table, our Ultrasound Sonographer will apply a warm, clear, water-based conducting gel to your skin over the area being examined to help with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe, called a transducer, is carefully moved over the area being examined. There may be varying degrees of discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined. If scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the procedure.

Ultrasound exams in which the transducer is attached to the probe and inserted into an opening of the body may produce minimal discomfort.

Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities.

What happens after your scan?

Once your scan is complete, our board-certified radiologist will review the real-time images obtained during the procedure and dictate the medical findings. Once transcribed and approved we will then send your physician a formal written report, as they will discuss the results with you. At the request of your referring physician, Choice Diagnostic Imaging will not release results to you until after you have reviewed them with your doctor.

An X-ray is a common, non-invasive, imaging test that has been used for decades to help doctors view the inside of the body.

X-ray is particularly useful in the diagnosis of bone fractures, and examining the chest and abdomen.

Some examples are, a chest X-ray, which can be used to identify lung diseases such as pneumonia, lung cancer, or pulmonary edema. Or, an abdominal x-ray, which can detect bowel or intestinal obstruction, free air and free fluid.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

Generally, X-ray procedures do not require special preparation. You may be asked to remove your jewelry or change into one of our patient gowns or scrub sets. Lockers are provided within our changing rooms for your convenience.

What can I expect during the X-RAY procedure?

Our radiologic technologist will position you for your exam, either standing or lying on our X-ray table. You will be asked to hold still and possibly hold your breath to obtain optimal image quality.

Once positioned, radiographic images are produced by the transmission of an x-ray pulse (radiation) through a patient to a capture device. Choice Diagnostic Imaging offers high resolution digital X-ray which allows us to perform general x-ray, then automatically convert the data into a digital image for diagnosis.

A typical X-ray procedure is fast and painless and can be performed in between 5-15 minutes.

No radiation remains in the body once the exam has been completed

What happens after your scan?

Once your scan is complete, our board-certified radiologist will review the series of radiographic images obtained during the procedure and dictate the medical findings. Once transcribed and approved we will then send your physician a formal written report, as they will discuss the results with you. At the request of your referring physician, Choice Diagnostic Imaging will not release results to you until after you have reviewed them with your doctor.

A Digital Mammogram/3D Tomosynthesis exam is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast, that aids in early detection of breast cancer.

Choice Diagnostic Imaging offers confidence of care, with state-of-the-art technology, featuring our GE Senographe “Pristina™” with 3D Tomography. Our Pristina delivers superior diagnostic accuracy at the same low dose as 2D mammography exam, with the lowest patient dose of all FDA approved digital Breast Tomosynthesis systems.

Rethinking patient comfort

Comforting, Empowering and Enlightening

Our Pristina mammography system was designed specifically to reduce the discomfort and anxiety usually associated with standard mammograms.  The inviting gantry promotes a sense of calm, with elegant lighting and gentle, rounded shapes. In fact, Pristina was built with one objective in mind: to ease patient anxiety when they enter the exam room.

Also, we have specialized paddles such as the flex paddle that can tilt to adapt to women’s varying morphology and the implant paddle specifically for breast implants as well as small breasts.

Sensory Suite

To make your mammography exam more comfortable and relaxed, we have two high definition monitors, one on each side of the Pristina, that have rolling nature scenes paired with calming music.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

Please do not wear any deodorant, lotions. potions, perfumes and/or body sprays the day of your exam. You will be asked to remove your jewelry and change into one of our mammography gowns or capes.

Due to sensitivity of optimal compression, we recommend:

  • Your mammography procedure be performed two weeks after completion of your menstruation cycle.
  • You please refrain from heavy caffeine consumption for 48 hours prior to your exam

What can I expect during the initial Mammography procedure?

Our dedicated mammography technologist will place you in front of our Digital Mammography/3D Tomography machine.

Then, they will carefully position your breast on the detector plate and show where you can comfortably place your arms.

Once properly positioned, your breast(s) will be pressed/compressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Compression is necessary, so that the lowest possible radiation dose will be be needed to obtain optimal image quality.

If you are scheduled for a digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT or 3D) exam, then multiple acquisitions will be taken and different angles. This gives the radiologist greater visibility in to the different layers of the breast to help them better detect abnormalities.

On average, a mammography examination lasts only a few minutes, unless additional views are required.

What happens after your initial scan?

Once your scan is complete, our board-certified radiologist will review the mammography images obtained during the procedure and dictate the medical findings. Once transcribed and approved we will then send your physician a formal written report, as they will discuss the results with you. At the request of your referring physician, Choice Diagnostic Imaging will not release results to you until after you have reviewed them with your doctor.

Sometimes it is necessary for additional follow-up imaging per our radiologist request. This may include additional spot compression mammography images of the breast(s) and/or breast(s) ultrasound. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast may also be recommended for further clinical evaluation.

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (also known as: Bone Mineral Densitometry/DEXA),
is an essential tool in osteoporosis management. Densitometry assists physicians in diagnosis, fracture risk assessment, and monitoring response to therapy.

Our Hologic Discovery QDR series system helps identify patients at risk for osteoporosis and fractures with exceptional precision and accuracy. Featuring Speed and Image Quality we can capture the hip and spine as fast as a 10 second regional scan time.

Choice Diagnostic Imaging performs hip and lumbar spine densitometry. If you have had surgery in these areas, please alert our technologist and the forearm may be scanned instead of the surgical area.

What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

Generally, bone densitometry procedures do not require special preparation. You may be asked to remove your jewelry or change into one of our patient gowns or scrub sets.

Also, we recommend, patients who have ingested a barium solution (i.e oral contrast, for a CT Scan or Barium Swallow) wait a week after consumption to have this test performed. The barium could interfere with scan parameters and alter your results.

What can I expect during the Bone Densitometry procedure?

Our radiologic technologist will position you for your exam, either lying on your back and/or sitting parallel to our bone densitometry table. You will be asked to hold still to obtain optimal image quality.

Once positioned, the C-Arm will gradually move and the transmission of an x-ray pulse through the anatomical area will produce a digital image.

Our bone densitometry procedure is fast and painless and can be performed in between 10-15 minutes.

No radiation remains in the body once the exam has been completed

What happens after your scan?

Once your scan is complete, our board-certified radiologist will review the DEXA graph and data obtained during the procedure and dictate the medical findings Once transcribed and approved we will then send your physician a formal written report, as they will discuss the results with you. At the request of your referring physician, Choice Diagnostic Imaging will not release results to you until after you have reviewed them with your doctor.