FAQ

General

1. What diagnostic imaging tests are offered at MMI?

 

2. Does MMI perform Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

 

3. Do I require an appointment for my test?

 

4. Do I require a requisition to have my test done?

 

5. Do I require an MMI requisition to have a test performed at your facility?

 

6. I have a requisition for a test. How do I book an appointment?

 

7. Is the waiting list for appointments long?

 

8. I live in Quebec. Will I have to pay for my test up front?

 

9. I am in a wheelchair and not able to transfer on my own. Can you accommodate this?

 

10. Can I bring my children to the appointment?

 

11. How long does it take for my doctor to receive the report?

 

12. Can I get a copy of the report sent to a doctor other than the referring physician?

 

13. What is the fee for parking and how do I pay?

 

14. What if I am just dropping in to book an appointment? Do I have to pay?

 

15. Can I request a male or female technologist?

 
 

Ultrasound

 

1. Why is it necessary to change into a gown for my ultrasound?

 

2. Should I tell the sonographer if I feel uncomfortable during my test?

 

3. What happens if I decide to stop the test?

 

4. Should I take my medications before having an ultrasound examination?

 

5. I am diabetic but need to be fasting for my ultrasound test. What should I do?

 

6. I am pregnant and having an ultrasound of my baby. Can I videotape my ultrasound?

 

7. Why do I need to drink water prior to having an ultrasound of my pelvis?

 

8. My bladder is full and I am experiencing pain. What should I do?

 

9. Why can’t I smoke or chew gum before an abdominal ultrasound?

 

10. Why am I required to fast prior to an abdominal ultrasound?

 

11. I don’t have a gall bladder. Do I still need to fast?

 

12. I still have questions about my test. How do I contact the Ultrasound department directly?

 
 

X-Ray

 

1. Can I have an x-ray test if I am pregnant or suspect I might be pregnant?

 

2. I still have questions about my x-ray test. How do I contact the x-ray department directly?

 
 

Mammography

 

1. Is the mammogram procedure painful?

 

2. Can I bring someone in the room with me during my mammography exam?

 

3. I have breast implants. Can I have a mammogram?

 

4. What is the difference between mammography using CR and DR technology?

 

5. What should I wear for my mammogram?

 

6. Does it matter where in my menstrual cycle I am when having a mammogram?

 

7. Can I have a mammogram if I am pregnant or suspect I might be pregnant?

 

8. Can I have a mammogram if I am breastfeeding?

 

9. Is there any preparation for a mammogram?

 

10. I have recently had a mammogram at MMI and I’ve been called to come back for additional images. Does this mean something is wrong?

 

11. I still have questions about my mammogram. How do I contact the mammography department directly?

 
 

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

 

1. Will I be required to change into a gown for my bone mineral density (BMD) test?

 

2. Can someone be in the room with me during my BMD test?

 

3. Can I have a BMD test if I am pregnant or suspect that I might be pregnant?

 

4. I still have questions about my bone mineral density test. How do I contact the BMD department directly?

 
 

DEXA Total Body Composition Scan

 

1. What is a DEXA scan?

 

2. What is the preparation for a DEXA Total Body Composition scan?

 
 

Nuclear Medicine

 

1. I am having a nuclear medicine test done. Do I need to bring a driver with me?

 

2. Can I have a nuclear medicine test if I am pregnant?

 

3. I’ve heard that after receiving an injection for a nuclear medicine test that I may set off detectors at some border crossings. Will I be able to travel in the days following my test?

 

4. How is a bone scan different from an x-ray?

 

5. Is there any preparation for a bone scan?

 

6. Why is the bone scan done in two parts?

 

7. How long does each part of the bone scan take?

 

8. Why can’t I be told an exact time for Part 2 of the bone scan when I book the test?

 

9. Why do I need to drink extra fluid between Part 1 and Part 2 of the bone scan?

 

10. Do I have to drink water? What about coffee, tea, juice, etc.?

 

11. What does a myocardial perfusion test look for?

 

12. What happens during Part 1 (resting day) of the myocardial perfusion study?

 

13. Is there any preparation for Part 1 (resting day) of the myocardial perfusion study?

 

14. What happens during Part 2 (stress day) of the myocardial perfusion study?

 

15. Is there any preparation for Part 2 (stress day) of the myocardial perfusion study?

 

16. I am diabetic. How long must I fast before Part 2 (stress day) of my myocardial perfusion test?

 

17. Do I have to stop my medications for Part 2 (stress day) of my myocardial perfusion test?

 

18. Why can’t both parts of my myocardial perfusion test be done on the same day?

 

19. What happens during Exercise stress testing?

 

20. What happens during Persantine stress testing?

 

21. Are there are any side effects associated with Persantine?

 

22. Who determines whether I exercise on the treadmill or have the drug-induced stress test?

 

23. I’m anxious about the test because I heard it can cause a heart attack. Is this true?

 

24. I still have questions about my test. How do I contact the Nuclear Medicine Department directly?