What to expect when you visit Allen Radiology & Imaging Services:
Although radiology exams and breast screenings can differ from procedure to procedure, most share the same basic guidelines. If you receive instructions specific to your exam please follow the written instructions you receive.
We are happy to answer your questions and help you prepare for your examination. Please call us.
Here are a few tips for your next exam:
Before your exam:
- You should inform your physician of any medications you're currently taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials like barium or iodine.
- Women should inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is a possibility they may be pregnant. Many tests are not performed during pregnancy as they may harm the fetus. If an x-ray is necessary, special precautions will be taken to protect the baby.
- For some imaging procedures, you may be asked not to eat or drink for several hours beforehand, especially if contrast material will be used in your exam.
Speed up the check-in process by registering online for your appointment.
When to arrive:
For most exams, please arrive 20 to 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Exam with contrast: If you are scheduled for an exam with contrast please arrive up to 1½ hours prior to your exam.
Where to park:
Park in the P8, P8a or P8c parking lot and enter the hospital through Entrance 8.
What to wear:
Wear comfortable clothing with no metal zippers, buttons or buckles.
What to bring:
- Current list of medications.
- Current insurance information.
- A favorite magazine, book, or music with earphones to enjoy between appointments.
- If you are having a mammogram and have had prior images taken at a non-UnityPoint Health facility, please bring your most recent images with you. Please contact your doctor's office for help in obtaining the images.
What to expect when you arrive:
When you arrive, check in at the Admissions desk near Entrance 8. While you are in Admissions, our staff will help you register for your appointment, verify your personal information, discuss your privacy rights and give you the opportunity to pay for the portion of your exam not covered by insurance. When you are finished with registration, our staff will direct you where to go for your examination. Wheelchairs and volunteers are available most of the day to assist you if desired.
While you are here:
We may ask your name and other questions repeatedly while you are here. Thanks in advance for being patient with our questions.
Due to the nature of the imaging process, no one is able to join patients in the room (with the exception of pregnancy ultrasounds where family members are allowed in the room). For all other procedures, if you are bringing a spouse, friend or children, we ask that they wait in the waiting room. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Who will perform your exam:
Board certified Radiologists and Registered Technologists will perform your exam and give you the highest quality care available.
After you leave:
Our radiology physicians will review your images. Results will be conveyed to the ordering physician within 24 hours of your exam.
For prior mammograms performed at non-UnityPoint Health facilities: providing your most recent images at the time of exam will ensure that today's results are completed in a timely manner. If no prior images are provided, delays in your current results will occur. Please contact your doctor's office for help in obtaining the images.