Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding what you may want to know in advance of arriving at Riverwoods Imaging Center for a medical or elective procedure for the following procedures (click on the link).
PREVENTIVE/ELECTIVE CT SCANS
Q: What is an MRI?
A: MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The MRI creates images of body areas by reading magnetic fields within the body. High-powered magnetic fields resonate with the natural magnetic fields in the body. Different body substances resonate differently, and the computer detects those differences, interprets them, and creates an image based on those differences. The MRI is an especially useful tool in identifying diseases of the brain and spine. Because it does not use x-rays, it is considered safer than a CT or conventional x-ray exam.
Q. What is an X-Ray?
A: X-rays are radiation that are part of the electromagnetic spectrum in the highest frequency range. Because of their high frequency and short wavelength, X-rays can pass through solid objects. In common usage, the term "X-ray" refers to a diagnostic image produced by momentarily passing X-ray radiation though a part of the body to expose photographic film. This creates an image based on the absorption of the X-ray radiation by body parts having different densities and the resulting differences in film exposure.
Q: What is a CT/CAT Scan?
A: A CT or CAT scan is an abbreviation for a Computed Tomography Scan which is a computer-enhanced x-ray procedure. A CT scan generates cross-sectional images of the body. The images are much more detailed than basic x-ray films and assist doctors in diagnosing diseases or abnormalities in tissue and bone. A CT/CAT scan procedure is typically very brief (5-15 minutes) and noninvasive.
Q: What kind of training is required to become a radiologist?
A: All radiologists require a medical degree from an accredited school of medicine. This is achieved after pre-med training in a regular four-year college, followed by four years of doctorate training at a school of medicine. The schools of medicine are very competitive and will only admit students who have scored high on their MCATs (aptitude tests for pre-med students), as well as achieved high grades in school. Competitive medical schools also look for additional involvement in medical-related areas such as volunteer or for-pay work for medical organizations.
After receiving their doctorate, the new doctors then serve an internship in a practicing hospital for one year, followed by specialty residency where they serve another four years in a hospital learning and practicing their specialty. For those who want to be a radiologist, that specialty is usually Diagnostic Radiology.
Following the residency, a radiologist is then in a position to sub-specialize in areas such as Neuroradiology, Vascular Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Therapeutic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology (the treatment of cancer patients), etc. This optional requirement involves completing a fellowship at a hospital for an additional year in that area of study.
In preparation for any field of medicine, classes in chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, biology, etc., are always helpful. Medicine also requires good communications skills. Even in high school, candidates need to concentrate on getting the very best grades possible and taking all the college prep classes they can, including science and math classes.
Q: How is Riverwoods Imaging different?
Riverwoods Imaging is completely focused on serving the people of Utah and the surrounding area. We combine state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment with our superior medical expertise to provide a service unparalleled in the screening industry. Riverwoods is associated with outstanding providers in our community who consult face-to-face with the patient during and after their procedures.
Q: Who is a candidate for one of Riverwood's elective CT scan examinations? Back to Top
A: Generally, men and women over the age of 30. Individuals that have a family history of heart disease, cancer, those with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, chest pain, smokers or people who have smoked and those with a stressful or sedentary lifestyle are ideal candidates for Riverwood's preventive CT scan services.
Q: How do I get more detailed information about Riverwood's services?
A: You can call us at (801) 229-1002 and our helpful staff would be happy to answer any further questions you may have about our services. If you want to see the location or talk to our staff face-to-face feel free to come visit our location and talk with a staff member to find out more about us and how we can help you take a more proactive approach to your health.
Q: How can I make an appointment for an examination?
A: You can call Riverwoods Imaging at (801) 229-1002 to arrange your appointment today or click HERE.
Q; Who can benefit from an elective CT scan procedure?
A: Women and men over 30 who are concerned about silent but potentially serious conditions within their bodies, especially individuals at high risk for heart disease, or cancer of the lung and colon, particularly smokers, those exposed to secondhand smoke, individuals with chronic lung disease, and those with a family history of vascular disorders such as aortic aneurysms or cancers are the strongest candidates for this evaluation.
Q; When will I get my results?
A: Our board-certified radiologist will read your scan and in a few days you will be mailed a CD of all your images and a detailed written report of your results for your records or to share with your doctor.
Q: Is my information private?
A: All of your results and images are completely private and secure. Riverwoods Imaging will not release any of your information unless you sign a personal release form.
Q: What will I have to do during a CT scan procedure? Back to Top
A: All you have to do is lie comfortably on your back with your head on a soft pillow and hold your breath for a few seconds. The machine will move you through a large open ring in which hundreds of high resolution images of your body will be gathered. The entire examination is comfortable and will only take a few minutes.
Q: What preparation is required for the CT examination?
A: No preparation is needed for the Full Body Scan, Head Scan, Heart Scan or Lung Scan. If you are having a Virtual Colonoscopy scan, you will need to prepare 24 hours prior to your examination.
Q: What clothing should I wear for my CT examination?
A: Dress comfortably, avoiding clothing with zippers, metal clasps or buttons. Women should wear a sports bra, or similar style without metal underwires or fasteners.
Q: Are there risks of radiation exposure?
A: Our protocols are built to insure the lowest dose possible, minimizing risk to non-calculable levels. The breast tissue in the chest CT study is exposed to no more radiation than a mammogram. Our low dose technique for the full body exam produces 1/2 to 1/3 of the exposure of a conventional CT study, of which, more than 30 million are ordered yearly by doctors in the U.S. for known medical problems.
LINK: The Truth About Radiation & Body Scans
Q: Will my health insurance pay for an elective CT procedure?
A: It depends on which procedure you have. Unfortunately, most insurance carriers do not yet cover preventative health maintenance, but rather see their role as providing financial assistance once you are diagnosed with an illness. Some policies may provide partial coverage; particularly if a doctor has recognized relevant health risks, and referred you to us. Riverwood's mission is one of prevention rather than treatment. Integral to that philosophy is the fact that we are doing our best to make scanning technology available to the general public at a reasonable cost.
A: In addition to preventative imaging Riverwoods Imaging offers diagnostic imaging, which is covered by insurance, if your doctor orders a CT scan you can call our office staff to find out if we accept your medical insurance."
Q: How often should someone have a scan done?
A: Frequency will vary from case to case, depending on what an initial scan uncovers. For those with multiple risk factors, or troublesome findings, a follow-up scan may be repeated in a year's time to assess the success of lifestyle changes or medication in treating the problem. For those receiving a clean bill of health with an initial scan we recommend a recheck in perhaps two to three years.
Q: Does the scanning procedure find everything that might be wrong?
A: No diagnostic test is infallible. Microscopic cancers (those not visible to the naked eye) will go undetected. In addition, PSA and mammograms, for prostate and breast cancer respectively, still remain the gold standards for early detection of those specific tumors. Also, as with an examination in a doctor's office, sometimes a lump may be brought to your attention that proves benign or insignificant. Yet, follow-up tests, or in rare cases a biopsy, may be needed to disprove malignancy. Riverwoods Imaging is another tool in the arsenal against disease. It is meant to supplement and enhance traditional health care, not replace it.