Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
- Bring the prescription from your doctor, your insurance referral (if required) and your insurance cards.
Do I need an appointment for a chest x-ray?
- Chest x-rays, extremities, spines, sinuses and abdomens are performed on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.
May I eat and drink after the study?
- There are no diet restrictions after your study is completed. Your diet may be whatever it was before the preparation began.
May I take my films to another doctor?
- You may take your films to another doctor, after they have been dictated. Please allow us 1-2 days to dictate your films before you take them to your doctor.
May I have copies of my films?
- Copies of films will be made if the films will be leaving the Lehigh Valley and traveling more than I hour. Those copies may remain at the facility requesting them or in your possession. There is no charge for the first set of copies.
When will my doctor get my report?
- Your report should arrive at your doctor, within 2-3 working days.
May I take my medication?
- You should not take your medication with a study that requires that you do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Please bring your medication with you and you may take it as soon as the study is completed.
What does "low residue diet" mean?
- A low residue diet consists of clear soda, water, tea, beef and chicken broth, jello (without fruit), bananas, lettuce, canned fruit, cream of rice cereal.
What if I'm pregnant?
- Discuss the possibility of pregnancy before coming to your appointment. X-rays can be harmful to the fetus.
Are all of your physicians board certified?
- All of LVDI's physicians are certified by the American Board of Radiology. In addition, many of the radiologists have additional certifications in imaging subspecialties.
Will my current imaging examination be compared to earlier examinations?
- Yes, your examination will be compared with your previous studies. We will try to retrieve any studies that you may have had at other facilities in order to compare. If you have any prior studies in your possession, please bring them with you at the time of your visit.
Why can't I eat before my abdominal ultrasound?
- In order to see the abdominal organs being scanned, it is necessary that the stomach be empty and the gastric process be at rest. This requires fasting from midnight the night prior to the exam. We try to schedule these appointments in the morning.
Why must I drink water before a pelvic exam?
- In order to visualize the uterus and ovaries, the bladder must be fully distended. This requires 32 ounces of water -- not carbonated beverages, tea or coffee -- 1 hour prior to the scan.
I am diabetic. May I take medicine and eat before my CT scan?
- If you are diabetic, you may take your medication and eat a light meal before your study. You are welcome to bring food with you so that you may eat immediately after your study.