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Preparation for your consultation
What a patient needs to tell a radiologist
It is often confusing to know what you need to have ready to let radiology staff know when booking an appointment and what to bring with you to that appointment. The clinic reception will of course need to know all your contact details and which investigation or procedure that your doctor has requested. What I would like to outline here is what I, as the doctor (radiologist) at the medical imaging clinic, needs to know.
If you are a woman of childbearing age, I need to know whether there is any possibility of you being pregnant. This of course is important as we don’t wish to expose your unborn baby to ionizing radiation from X-rays / CT scanning except in absolute emergency. However, it is also important to know as a range of medical conditions can be affected by pregnancy.
Very often the most useful information I can obtain when trying to make a diagnosis is from comparing the current study with any imaging of the same area you may have had performed previously. If at one of our clinics that is not a problem, as we will have the prior studies in our computer files, but if performed elsewhere it is preferable to obtain those prior images in advance for me to review those images (and not just the report). That way I can know for certain as to whether any possible abnormality I identify is new or if it has changed with time.
It is also very important to know whether you have had a surgical operation performed to the area of the body about to be investigated as that surgery can both alter your anatomy leading to diagnostic confusion and the likely medical conditions causing your symptoms. Previous surgery may also alter the best diagnostic test to actually perform.
Finally, it is important to know whether you are diabetic. This can alter whether we can give you X-ray contrast especially if you also have poor kidney function.
Thanks for helping me help you…
Professor Wayne Gibbon
Lead Radiologist (Bayside)
When performing an imaging-guided injection or biopsy it is very important that any medical study on which that intervention is based is available to review prior to the procedure. It is the correct “decision” as to the exact procedure performed which is often more important than the “precision” of the procedure itself if the best results are to be achieved. It is for this reason that, ideally, the imaging study should be performed at the same clinic where any subsequent intervention is likely performed.
Anticoagulants (blood thinners) can increase the risk of bleeding during an interventional procedure and they may need to be stopped for 2-5 days prior to attending.
If you are diabetic, then injection of steroids can throw off your sugar levels for a few days. Unfortunately, it can also increase the risk of infection following the procedure. Combined poorly controlled anticoagulation and diabetes in particular can be problematic and may case some procedures to be delayed or even avoided.
Especially when planning to inject steroids it is extremely important to know whether you have recently had an infection. If so, you need to have completed your course of antibiotics for 7 days without fever or recurrence of symptoms in order to minimize the risk of infection at injection site.
With spinal procedures in particular, and also some joint injections, it is important not to drive yourself home as the risk of you having an accident can be temporarily increased due to anesthetic effects (and you will probably not be covered by your insurance policy).
What to bring to your consultation
- Your Medicare, DVA, Concession Card.
- A valid Referral letter from your GP or referring specialist (or check that your doctor has sent us one).
- If it is a Workcover claim, you must have the claim number and details of your employer.
- Any previous films relating to the area of investigation.