SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a written request from my doctor to have a radiology procedure?
Yes, our department requires a physician request for imaging studies similar to those used for medications.
Do I need an appointment?
Many of our examinations do require appointments in advance. Please call in advance at 718-270-3122 or see our front desk in order to set up an appointment.
What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Please contact our department for any changes or cancellations at 718-270-3122.
What special preparation do I need for my examination?
You will be notified when making the appointment as to what special preparation will be necessary.
Will my insurance cover this examination?
Coverage for imaging studies is variable and depends on your insurance. Please contact our billing department or your insurance company for any further inquiries.
Will my doctor receive a report and can I obtain copies of my examinations?
Yes, your doctors will receive reports for your examinations in a timely manner and you can obtain copies of your images from our department.
What is a radiologist?
A radiologist is a physician that specializes diagnosing and treating disease using medical imaging techniques.
Is this safe?
There are many different types of imaging, each with their own risks and benefits. Please read What to Expect for more detailed information.
How long does the examination take?
This varies depending on the type of imaging you are having and the area we are looking at. We will do our best to make your visit as quick and efficient as possible.
Do I need to change my clothes for this examination?
Most of the time a gown is required for our imaging examinations however this is dependent on the type of examination being performed and each individual case by case situation.
American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria
The ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines to assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition.
Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation. It encourages physicians and patients to have the important conversations necessary to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time.
Society Of Interventional Radiology
The Society of Interventional Radiology is a national organization of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving public health through disease management and minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic interventions.
Radiological Society of North America
RadiologyInfo.org tells you how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for the exams. The website contains over 130 radiologic procedures and disease descriptions and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the RadiologyInfo.org website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from the ACR and RSNA, as well as other professional radiology organizations.
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