Procedures Tab

A) Preparation

  • (Open/Closed) MRI: For your best experience, please wear comfortable clothes, no metal (on clothes, jewelry, watches). Please let us know about any metal in your body from injuries, surgical devices, pacemakers,etc. If necessary, please mention claustrophobia when scheduling so we can arrange for you to have an open MRI or to arrive early for an oral sedative. Tell your technologist if you have: pacemaker, implantable defibrillator, cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, implanted pumps, catheters, medication patches, spinal rods, joint replacement, plates/screws (bone repair) or injury to eye involving a metallic object or fragment . Please notify scheduler and technologist if pregnant or possibly allergic to MRI contrast (gadolinium).

Forms:  registration, MRI screening form

  • CT Scan: Wear comfortable clothes, no metal (clothes, jewelry, watches). Do your best to relax. Please notify scheduler and technologist if pregnant or possibly allergic to iodinated contrast / CT contrast.

Forms: registration, patient screening form, form for: Arthrography, cardiac calcium score, chest screening, or sinus.

  • 2D/3D Mammography: You will be asked change into a gown and to disrobe from the waist up. Please refrain from wearing deodorant, perfume or lotion from the waist to the neck.

Forms: registration, breast imaging exam form and release of records.

  • Ultrasound: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight for abdominal ultrasounds (taking current medications with a little water is okay). For renal, pelvic or obstetrical ultrasounds, drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to exam and arrive with a full bladder. Relax, wear comfortable clothes, and you may be asked to change into a gown.

Forms: registration

  • X-Ray:  Please inform scheduling personnel and your technologist if you are or could possibly be pregnant.  You will need to remove any jewelry, metal or clothing that might interfere with the imaging.  You may be asked to change into a gown.

Forms: registration

  • Bone density scan (DEXA): Avoid calcium supplements or vitamins fortified with calcium 24 hours prior to exam.  No contrasted radiology exams or nuclear medicine exams 72 hours prior to exam.

Forms: registration, Bone Density Survey

  • Nuclear Medicine: Wear comfortable clothing for your exam, although you may be asked to change into a gown. Please inform scheduling personnel and your technologist if there is any possibility of pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding. Jewelry and other metallic accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the exam because they may interfere with the imaging.

Forms: registration

  • Fluoroscopy: As fluoroscopy uses radiation, please inform scheduling personnel and your technologist if you are or could possibly be pregnant. Many of the studies require preliminary exam preparation. Specific instructions will be provided at the time of scheduling. Forms: registration, possibly: Hysterosalpingogram screening form or MR Arthrography form
  • Breast Ultrasound/MRI: Please have all your previous breast imaging forwarded to us for comparison.  If you need to obtain prior images from outside of Diagnostic Imaging Centers you can submit a signed Breast Imaging Medical Records Release Form.

Forms: registration, breast imaging form and release of records.

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Imaging Guided Therapies: No preparation needed.  These exams are currently only offered at our Overland Park, KS and Independence, MO clinics with Dr. Daniel Sova. Forms: registration

*registration forms include: all patient registration, Medicare questionnaire, notice of privacy practices (English or Spanish).

B) Cost

MRI: price: $723-1,732 Cash Price: $542.25 – 1,299 (contact for pricing)

Bone Density: $290 (contact for pricing)

CT: $426-865 (contact for pricing) – additional charges for contrast may apply

Dental Scans: $250-300

Fluoroscopy: $130-865 (contact for pricing)

Mammography: 2D: $169-$209 – 3D: $224-$264

Ultrasound: $100-$672

X-ray: $51-$342

Pipida Scan: $545

Fluoroscopy GI: $126-363

other unlisted procedures/misc.: (contact for pricing)

*Accepted Insurances: https://www.dic-kc.com/frequently-asked-questions

*Specific pricing depends on location on body, contrast, type of service, etc.

*Contact us for more information on pricing

913-344-9989 (KS)  816-444-9989 (MO)

FAQ@dic-kc.com


*Our exam prices are 30-60% less than hospitals

All prices include both the radiologist interpretation and imaging fees.

C) Expectations

MRI:

        The MRI scan is a safe and noninvasive imaging technique that views the internal structures of the body. Prior to the scan, you will be asked to change into a gown and remove all metal, jewelry, and cellphones from the body. If you have any metal inside your body please talk to your technologist prior to the scan. During the scan, you will be moved into an open ended tube where it will take about 30-60 minutes to complete the scan. Another option offered for claustrophobic patients is an open MRI, where the sides of the machine are almost completely open, allowing the patient to see their surroundings.

CT Scan:

        A CT Scan uses x-rays to take cross sectioned and thin sliced images of the body, which can then be manipulated using computers to model 3-D images of the body for diagnostic purposes. You will be asked to change into a gown prior to the exam; the scan is painless and will take varying amounts of time depending on complexity and location of body part being scanned.

Mammogram:

        A mammogram is an image of the breast tissue that is obtained using a low-dose of x-rays, which will expose the lumps or bumps that are too small to be felt on a breast exam. With this scan, you should expect to change into a gown and remove all deodorant (the metal ingredients within the deodorant may lead to a false result). You should then prepare to expose your breasts for the duration of the exam. While this imaging is not painful, you should expect to feel pressure as your breasts will be compressed by the machine to obtain diagnostic images of the breast tissue.

Ultrasound:

        An ultrasound is an image obtained using high frequency sound waves in order to obtain images of the bodies structures. During an ultrasound, you will expose the areas being imaged such as the neck/thyroid, breast/chest, abdomen/pelvis and extremities.  You can also expect to have warm ultrasound gel applied to the area being imaged. You will feel slight pressure where the technologist scans, but the exam overall should not cause any pain. It will take roughly 30-45 minutes.

X-Ray:

        An x-ray (or radiograph) is an image obtained using a low-dose of x-rays. For this imaging you can expect to remove all jewelry and/or clothing that may interfere with the images. During the exam, the technologist may use a lead lined body protector (or shield) in order to protect your body from x-rays.  You will also have to remain as still as possible during the exam. These exams take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the number of images your physician has requested.

Bone Density Scan (DEXA):

        Examining the density of your bones (usually lower spine and hips), this exam is a noninvasive way for physicians to measure bone loss and diagnose for osteoporosis and osteopenia. Prior to test, please refrain from taking calcium supplements or vitamins fortified with calcium as they may interfere with the results.The actual test itself is simple and usually takes 30 minutes to complete the exam.

Nuclear Medicine:

        Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) to evaluate bodily functions and to diagnose and treat certain diseases. Prior to the exam, you will 1) be given the radioactive tracer (by oral ingestion, inhalation or intravenous injection), 2) be asked to remove all jewelry, metal and clothing, and 3) be provided with discharge instructions by the technologist or radiologist. Nuclear medicine uses gamma cameras that detect the radioactive tracers in the body and computers to generate diagnostic images. Please ask the technologist for a specific time estimate tailored to your exam as some nuclear medicine exams require additional imaging over the course of several days.

Fluoroscopy:

        Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses x-ray to obtain real-time moving images of the body. Common fluoroscopy exams include: Arthrogram (study of the joints in the body), hysterosalpingogram (evaluation of the fallopian tubes) and barium studies of the GI tract.  Some fluoroscopy exams require specific exam preparation (such as fasting).  Exam preparation will be provided upon scheduling or you may contact our clinical staff who can answer any questions you may have regarding exam preparation.

 

Breast Ultrasound/ Breast MRI:

        Breast ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images of the breast tissue and is sometimes used in addition to mammography.  Much like a mammogram, you can expect to change into a gown and expose your breasts during the exam. Breast ultrasound exams usually last 15- 30 minutes and you will lay on your back or in some cases, may be asked to lay on your side during the exam. While you will be able to see the ultrasound screen, please keep in mind that the technologist cannot disclose results. However, the technologist (under the direction of a physician) may consult you once the images have been evaluated by a radiologist.

        Breast MRI is a safe and noninvasive imaging technique that obtains cross-sectional images of the breast tissue.  Breast MRI may be used in addition to a mammogram or breast ultrasound in order to obtain enhanced images of the breast tissue. These exams can last 30-60 minutes and you will be administered a contrast containing gadolinium by IV injection. You will be laying on your stomach and your breasts will be positioned within a dedicated MRI breast imaging coil.  Compression of the breast tissue is not required for this exam.  

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Imaging Guided Therapies:

        Musculoskeletal ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to evaluate joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves in the body.  It’s a safe and non-invasive imaging technique to help diagnose common musculoskeletal conditions. You can expect to change into a gown and will be positioned on the examination table depending on exam type.

        Imaging Guided Therapy is a method of treatment for various conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. These therapies are performed under the direction of a radiologist and are usually guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy. There is no patient preparation prior to this type of therapy.