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Q: Why do I sometimes have to wait beyond my appointment time to be taken for my outpatient procedure?

A: While every medical exam is important to us, there are times when urgent medical exams take precedence over a scheduled outpatient exam. We account for a certain amount of these incidents a day; however, there are times when there are more urgent exams than we expect. In the event your exam is delayed, rest assured we will do our best to keep you well informed of your expected wait time and will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the wait period.

Q: Why can't my physician get my results right away?

A: Compiling the results of an imaging procedure has many steps: Once the imaging has been performed, the results are prepared for the radiologist to compare and interpret. When the radiologist has completed his or her dictation of the findings, a transcriptionist types the report. The report is returned to the radiologist for review and signature, then sent to the physician that ordered the study. Procedures completed before 8 pm, Monday through Friday are interpreted the same day. Studies completed after 8 pm are interpreted the following morning.

Q: Are their risks associated with the contrast I ingest or the injections I may be given prior to some tests?

A: There are minimal risks associated with the contrast material we use at Condell. However, to ensure that our patients do not have a reaction, we will ask about allergies when the patient is scheduling a procedure that uses contrast material. If allergies are known, the patient may be pre-medicated for the exam. We will again screen the patient for allergies when they arrive for the procedure.

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