Q. How will radiation from my x-ray test affect my body?
A. Abington Health uses the latest technology, helping to ensure that you receive the most accurate testing using the minimum amount of radiation required for your test. Our technologists are educated in advanced imaging technology by the American College of Radiology and receive continuing education as part of maintaining their credentials.
Q. What should I wear for my test?
A. It’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing if you can. Depending on the study, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown. When you make your appointment, your Abington Health representative will advise you on what you need to bring and any necessary preparation prior to each study.
Q. Does my insurance cover the cost of my study at an Abington Health location?
A. Insurance coverage varies widely, so it is best to check with your insurance provider for a list of approved imaging locations.
Q. Will my technologist tell me the results at the time of my study?
A. Your studies will be interpreted by a physician specially trained to read the study, so you will not know the results immediately. However, Abington Health will provide your results to your referring physician shortly after your test. We realize that you are anxious to hear your results, and encourage you to get in touch with your doctor for follow up care.
Q. If I am asked to return for a second mammogram, does this mean I have breast cancer?
A. No, not necessarily. Our mammography radiologists may see a tiny, questionable area upon review of your test, and simply want to make sure they identify any abnormality correctly. This reinforces the importance of women having regular, age-appropriate mammograms—our radiologists can compare very small differences from one study to the next. And early detection of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells is the best chance for early diagnosis and treatment.
Q. Can I have a copy of my test results?
Results from your radiology test are sent to the physician who referred you for the study. To discuss your results, please contact your referring doctor. Most often, your results will be available via CD if necessary. Patient requests for images will be placed on CD and provided free of charge. Images requested to be printed on film cost $2.00 per sheet up to a maximum of $10.00 per patient request. 48 hours notice is preferred, to minimize waiting.
To secure a copy of your imaging CD, contact the radiology file room at the location where you had the test performed:
- Abington Memorial Hospital – Call 215-481-2059
- Abington Health – Lansdale Hospital – Call 215-361-4510
- The Mary T. Sachs Breast Center at Abington Health Center – Schilling – Call 215-481-6051
- Abington Health Center – Warminster – Call 215-441-6615
Patients must present photo ID to pick up images, CD or report. If someone other than the patient is picking up images/CD/reports on their behalf, he/she must have a written, signed letter from the patient authorizing release of the patient information. The name of the person picking up the images/CD/report must be noted in the letter from the patient. He/she must also present ID that matches the name noted in the letter.
Q. Where can I have my test done?
Abington Health offers many locations for imaging services.
- Abington Memorial Hospital
- Abington Health – Lansdale Hospital
- The Mary T. Sachs Breast Center at Abington Health Center – Schilling
- Abington Health Center – Warminster – Comprehensive radiology/imaging services, including digital mammography
- Levy Medical Plaza, 1235 Old York Road, offers X-ray facilities