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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Radiology

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an examination?

RIS is available for placing orders. Please see Radiology Request Form below for UBH campus Requests.

What are your cut offs for renal function?

Our policy is for GFR >30 for the administration of intravenous contrast.

How long do exams take?

Timing is variable based on site of scanning and modality, however you should expect to receive a reading for your examination in a timely manner.

Which devices are MRI compatible?

For a list of compatible devices or for specific device inquiries please contact the MRI department at 718-270-3382.

What services do you offer?

We offer comprehensive imaging with Radiography, Mammography, US, CT, MRI, PET/CT, Conventional Angiography, Digital Fluoroscopy, and Nuclear Medicine examinations.

Will I be notified of critical findings?

Yes, prompt notification is made at the time of dictation by the interpreting radiologist for all critical findings.

Who can I call regarding protocoling questions that I may have?

Please see contact numbers below and reference the ACR appropriateness criteria.

Does the patient need to be NPO prior to the examination?

Patients should abstain for eating the morning before the procedure, medications can be taken with small amount of water as necessary.

Should I hold any medications if my patient is receiving intravenous contrast?

Metformin should be held 24 to 48 hours prior to and proceeding and administration of intravenous contrast for CT.

What modalities do not involve the use of ionizing radiation?

MRI and US are two modalities that do not involve the use of ionizing radiation and do not lead to increased radiation exposure.


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.

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Choosing Wisely

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.

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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.

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Radiological Society of North America 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 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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