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Here are answers to some of the
most frequently asked questions at XDUCL

General office FAQs

What is the best time to arrive for my appointment?
New patients should arrive for their first appointment no later than 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time. This will allow ample time to complete the required registration and maintain the integrity of the appointment schedule.

Do you accept private medical insurance?
We are currently able to accept most insurance plans from Lloyds of London. We also accept Sagicor and Medecus.  If you are covered by other private health insurance, we will be happy to supply you with the needed paperwork so that you can easily file your claim for reimbursement for covered tests. If you are visiting Jamaica for your tests and the tests are regularly covered by your private health insurance in your home country, you should be able to receive the customary reimbursement for your tests. As always, we invite you to contact our office at (876) 929-8140 to ask any insurance questions you may have.

Why do I have to sign a consent form?
A consent form is for your protection. It helps to ensure that you have been properly informed regarding the benefits and risks of a particular procedure. Plus it gives you, as the patient, the power to decide whether you are willing to accept these risks. While it also indemnifies your doctor and XDUCL staff against legal action in the event of an undesirable outcome, rest assured such outcomes are extremely rare with today's equipment, and our staff is extremely well trained to provide necessary treatment.

How soon are results available?
You, as a patient can usually obtain your results immediately after an examination at our facility, except if you are having a CT Scan, BSGI or biopsies. Results are generally available within 1-2 days for BSGI and CT Scans. Biopsies may take up to 7 days. Of course, emergency CT Scan patients get their results immediately (within1-2 hours).

Do I need a doctor’s referral to participate in your Early Detection Program?
No. Our Early Detection Program is an elective care program. That means that all you need to do is call us at (876) 929-8140 and arrange for your initial consultation with one of our radiologists, to determine which scans might best meet your early detection needs.

Women’s Health Care FAQs

What is the difference between an analog mammogram and a digital mammogram?
Digital and analog mammography both use x-rays to produce an image of the breast. However, analog mammography is an older technology that stores the image on film.

The digital mammography available at our facility, on the other hand, takes an electronic image of your breast and stores it directly in a computer. This allows the image to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated resulting in a far more accurate examination. Better still; the dose of radiation you receive is far less in digital mammography, making it a safer exam.

Why not ultrasound instead of mammography for breast exams?
Mammograms are the primary tool used for breast examination. They generally provide a very accurate diagnosis. However, sometimes when there is an area of dense tissue in the breast or if you have a particular concern about something you have felt in a self-exam, ultrasound can be used in addition to clarify any concerns. Ultrasound is also useful in guided biopsies of the breasts. 

Is the radiation dose from mammography safe?
Absolutely. The effective radiation dose from a mammogram is very low and is considered very safe.

FAQs about X-ray, CT Scans and other Nuclear Medicine tests

Is your 64-slice CT Scanner better than a single slice or a 16-slice scanner?
It is all about improvements in technology. A single slice or a non-multi-slice CT Scanner takes just one slice or image each time the X-ray beam makes a complete rotation around your body. A 16 Slice Scanner can take up to 16 slices or sets of images in one rotation, lessening the number of rotations needed for a complicated study.

Further, the 64-Slice CT Scanner used at XDUCL can take up to 4 times the number of images on each rotation when compared to the 16 slice unit—cutting the time and radiation exposure needed for your examination even more significantly.

Because of its speed more images can be taken, more complicated studies are easily accomplished and more accurate diagnosis can be made. Unlike the slower 16-slice scanner, you do not need to hold your breath for a long time during the scan in order to obtain images of excellent quality. Plus, organs like the heart can be imaged with relative ease, although it is always moving.  For more information on the benefits of our 64-Slice CT Scanner call us at (876) 929-8140.

Finally, the radiation dose is generally lower with the 64 slice scanner.

Will I feel claustrophobic during a CT exam?
Probably not. If you're like most of our patients you will not feel claustrophobic during a CT exam because the machine is open at both ends like a doughnut. Even better, our CT Scanner at X-Ray & Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants Ltd. has a wider opening than most others reducing the chance of claustrophobia even more.

Is the radiation dose from nuclear medicine and CT Scan safe?
The effective radiation dose from most routine nuclear medicine imaging tests is very low and is considered very safe.
While CT Scanners produce dosages which could be significant, this is more of a problem with lower slice scanners. That's why at X-Ray & Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants Ltd. we offer 64-slice CT scanning which causes far less exposure to radiation.  Equally important, our equipment is routinely checked and calibrated by experienced professionals to ensure maximum safety for our patients.

Can osteoporosis be diagnosed on an ordinary x-ray?
Unfortunately osteoporosis can't be diagnosed with a simple x-ray.  However, it can easily be diagnosed with a bone mineral density study, a scan that is available at X-Ray & Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants Ltd. If you need more information on the bone density scan or would like to make an appointment please call us at (876) 929-8140.

What is the best test for appendicitis?
Appendicitis can often be diagnosed without an imaging test. However, your doctor may choose to confirm his or her diagnosis with a scan. While it can be diagnosed by an ultrasound exam, at X-Ray & Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants Ltd. we have found that a CT Scan proves to be the most accurate and hence the ideal test.

Is the CT Urogram better than the Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)?
Yes. A CT Urogram gives higher detail and resolution than the older IVP test. Additionally, the CT Urography offered at X-Ray & Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants Ltd. is the most comprehensive evaluation of the blood vessels of the kidneys, their structure and drainage system (ureters), and the bladder, available.

Do I have to fast for a CT Scan?
It depends on the test you are having. For most CT Scans of the abdomen, a 4-6 hour fast is recommended. For other CT Scans there is generally no need for a fast.

Why should I do a bowel cleansing for a Barium Enema or Virtual Colonography?
A bowel cleansing for either of these tests is extremely important. In order to get an accurate image, your colon must be rendered completely clear of any stool. Even a small amount of stool can affect the accuracy of the test.

Is a skull x-ray still an ideal test in head trauma?
Not any longer. Today, MDCT Scanning provides far more detailed information in the presence of head injuries. This allows us to better identify fractures and damage to the brain.

What test is used for diagnosing cancer that has spread to the lungs?
The Multi-Detector CT Scan offered at X-Ray & Diagnostic Ultrasound Consultants Ltd. provides a very accurate picture, and is the best technology available locally to diagnose cancer that has spread to the lungs.

What is a contrast medium?
Contrast medium is a chemical compound that is injected into your body or ingested to enhance the images of the various internal structures that your radiologist needs to see; allowing him to make a more accurate diagnosis. In CT Scanning this is usually accomplished by injecting a compound containing iodine into the circulatory system.

For MRI Scanning a compound called gadolinium is used. On rare occasions patients can show severe allergic reactions to iodine. If you have kidney problems inform your doctor, as you may need to avoid exposure to large concentrations of iodine or gadolinium.

How long does the contrast medium remain in my body?
Not long. The contrast medium used is usually excreted by your kidneys in your urine, within a few hours of your examination.
 
 

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