Do I Have to Go Where My Doctor Refers Me?

By Alyssa Speicher July 26, 2017

When it comes to medical imaging, you have the power: you get to choose where you would like to go for your medical imaging exam! Your doctor will usually recommend a place for you to go, but if you have done your research on medical imaging, you ultimately get to decide where you go for your scan.


Of course, we aren’t saying you should go against your doctor; they know you and have your best interests in mind. Rather, we are saying you should work with your doctor, asking them questions and listening to their reasons, to ensure you get the best possible care.

We recommend that you research for yourself what medical imaging is and where you would like to have your exam. Then you can use your research to ask your doctor questions and start a conversation about where you would like to go.

To help you with the research process, we have put together a checklist of criteria you should look for in a radiology and medical imaging facility:

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Medical Imaging Exam Checklist InfographicDiscover all that UVA Radiology and Medical Imaging can do for you. We have fellowship-trained, subspecialized radiologists and offer numerous types of medical imaging exams.





Infographic Text: Medical Imaging: The Ultimate Checklist for Your Medical Imaging Exam
Does your medical imaging facility have:
  • Subspecialized Radiologists? Subspecialized radiologists have 14 years of training so they can be the expert at interpreting the images of a particular part of the body, and they have higher detection rates than radiologist who are not specialized.
  • Experienced Technologists? Experienced technologists are experts in patient-positioning and obtaining the correct images for the radiologist the first time. They also administer exams safely and compassionately.
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment? Medical imaging equipment must be up-to-date and well-maintained to ensure both patient comfort and patient safety. Be sure the equipment is maintained and the best radiology has to offer.
  • Comprehensive Care? The medical imaging facility should be your one-stop for quality care. Some radiologists can perform minimally invasive treatments that can replace traditional surgery, so make sure your facility also offers a network of qualified physicians that can help you if you need further treatment.
Find the place that checks all the boxes and suggest it to your primary care physician.

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