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Answers to Your Imaging Questions

General

Q: I’m afraid of small, enclosed spaces. What options do I have if my doctor orders an MRI?

Answer: Talk to your ordering physician about your claustrophobia and or problem with MRIs, they may be able to prescribe medicine to help.

Q: Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my test at Diagnostic Imaging Services?

Answer: You will be given specific instructions prior to your test at. Most tests and scans do not require you to fast or refrain from drinking fluids. Depending on the area of your body being tested, jewelry, glasses or hairpins can interfere with results so it’s recommended to remove them. We also suggest wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing with no zippers or metal clasps.

Q: I’ve heard the term cardiac calcium scoring. What is it?

Answer: Cardiac calcium scoring uses a CT scan to check for calcium buildup on the walls of the coronary arteries. This test can be used to check for early stages of heart disease. Physicians may recommend this test for patients who have risk factors for heart disease, such as family history or diabetes, but present no clinical symptoms.

Q: When is Imaging Services open for outpatient services?

Answer: Norman Regional Hospital and the HealthPlex are open for outpatient services Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make your appointment call us at 405-307-2290

Q: Where are you located?

Answer: Norman Regional Hospital is located at 901 N. Porter Ave. Norman, OK 73070

The Healthplex is located at 3400 W. Tecumseh Road Ste 100 Norman, OK 73072.  

Q: How fast can I get an appointment?

Answer: For most services, Norman Regional Hospital and the HealthPlex offers next-day appointments. Our MRI machine does book quickly, so please allow more time for those services.

CAT Scan

Q: How long will my CT take and when can I get my results?

Answer: The length of the exam depends on a variety of factors including diagnosis, proper preparation and if contrast needs to be administered. A signed radiologist report will be sent to your ordering doctor in 24 to 48 hours. Your physician will then go over these results with you.

Q: Can my family doctor also receive the results?

Answer: You may request that additional doctors receive the results of your scan and all will receive the signed radiologist report at the same time as the ordering physician.

Q: Do CAT scans hurt?

Answer: The CAT scan itself will cause you no pain. However, some discomfort may occur from lying on the table in the position needed, during the processes of starting the IV and during contrast administration. If at any time anything bothers you it is ok to tell the CT staff and they will help to make you as comfortable as possible while still obtaining the best study possible for you and your doctor.

MRI

Q: If I am claustrophobic what should I do?

Answer: Talk to your ordering physician about your claustrophobia and or problem with MRIs, they may be able to prescribe medicine to help.

Q: I have a Pacemaker can I have an MRI?

Answer: NO pacemakers are a contraindication for MRI.

Q: How long will my study take?

Answer: This all depends on what body part we are looking at, diagnosis, if we administer contrast. Most MRI exams take thirty minutes to one hour per exam.

Q: Can I have an MRI if I am pregnant?

Answer: To date there is no medical documentation to suspect harmful effects to a fetus. This needs to be discussed with your doctor to make sure the benefits will outweigh the possible risk to your baby.

Q: What if I am unsure about possible metal in my body?

Answer: A screening X-ray can be taken before your MRI that will allow a radiologist determine if there is anything that could be detrimental to your health.