Important decisions deserve sufficient time to consider how they may affect you in the long run. Deciding where you should undergo a diagnostic imaging scan is of utmost importance to ensure that you are receiving the best care possible. Considering if they are ACR Accredited is one major consideration for various radiology centers, and here are 10 other things to keep in mind when choosing the best imaging center for your procedure.
1.) Access to advanced technology
One of the most important parts of choosing an imaging center is choosing one with the best technology possible. Do they have a wide bore MRI machine, do they have an open MRI machine, do they have mammograms able to be looked at three dimensionally? These are all questions to ask when picking an imaging center, because the quality of the machine determines how well you can be diagnosed.
Safety is a huge aspect if you’re picking an imaging center. An imaging center must emit low radiation when doing CT scans and other imaging procedures. Along with this, safety in the machines is also a must. No one wants to get stuck in a closed MRI machine because it has not had a safety check in years.
3.) Is the center ACR accredited?
ACR stands for American College of Radiology. Every imaging center should have an accreditation from ACR. It is the key to becoming a trusted imaging center and safe for patients to go too.
4.) Outstanding doctors
Having outstanding doctors is also a must when searching for an imaging center. You want doctors who know exactly what they are doing when performing procedures, doctors who are specially trained in exactly what type of procedure you need. Whether is be chest, spinal, head or ligaments, the doctor needs to know what they are talking about.
It is also necessary to pick a center that is convenient for you specifically. You don’t want to have to go out of your way to go get images done. Find a place that’s close to home for convenient purposes. Usually procedures at an imaging center don’t take very long at all, therefore you shouldn’t have to drive hours out of your way to get the help you need.
6.) Amazing Staff
Yes, we already talked about the doctors, but we are talking about the other staff in the imaging center. The receptionist, patient coordinator or nurse who could be working at the imaging center. You want people who are friendly, organized, and make sure your time at the center is the best experience possible.
7.) Not too expensive
This is probably one of the most relevant to most people. Finding an imaging center that doesn’t break the bank is key. An added bonus would be that they accept payment plans or will tell you exactly the cost breakdown before you go through with procedures.
Find a place that is easy to schedule with. Trying to take time off work or at inconvenient times is a huge pain. Searching for a place that can fit you in when you need to have a procedure done is worth it.
9.) Affirmative recommendations
Go to a place that a friend recommended! Chances are they will have everything you are searching for. Also, check the center's Facebook or website to see the reviews from people you don’t know. See what people are saying, and see if it aligns with what you need.
10.) Ask yourself
This tip seems silly, but after you research and ask around for positive reviews, ask yourself if it feels right. The best way to know if an imaging center is right for you is if you want to be a part of the imaging centers community. Go with your gut and don’t be afraid to ask questions to various imaging centers!
These simple tips can help you make the best decision on which imaging center to visit for your diagnostic imaging procedure. If you have any questions about whether or not Clovis Open MRI is the center for you, give us a call and we'd be happy to help you!