Q: Are there any risks associated with BMD testing?
A: BMD testing uses low levels of radiation so there is a small risk associated with it – especially for those who are or may be pregnant. However, the levels of radiation are minimal, and are estimated to be equivalent to what you would be exposed to on a short flight.
Q: Are there any risks associated with Ultrasound testing?
A: Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to generate an image, and does not use any radiation. There are no known risks associated with ultrasound.
Q: What happens to my results?
A: The results of your examination will be read by a certified radiologist, and a detailed report will then be sent to the health care provider who requested your test.
Q: What should I wear for my procedure?
A: Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to your exam. Try to avoid clothing with metal detailing, such as buttons, clasps, zippers, underwire bras, or belt buckles. Please try to avoid wearing body piercings, as they may interfere with obtaining an accurate image.
Q: How do I prepare for my appointment?
A: Follow the instructions given to you prior to your appointment. Depending on the area of your body that is being examined, you may be given specific instructions about what to eat or drink and which medications to take or avoid prior to the exam.
Q: What should I bring to my appointment?
A: Bring your health card to your appointment, and arrive 15 to 20 minutes early so you have ample time to register and ask any questions that you may have.
Q: Is there a wait time at the clinic?
A: Our staff will ensure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed before you leave. As such, your appointment time may run longer than planned, or may be delayed. As a result of possible unforeseen circumstances, your appointment time is NOT guaranteed. We ask that you are patient when this is the case. Nevertheless, our staff makes every attempt to ensure that you are seen promptly, and that your experience is positive.
Q: Do I need a referral?
A: In order to be seen by our clinic staff, we require a referral form which you can obtain from your family physician. Please have your referring physician fax the referral form to us in order to ensure that you are seen as soon as possible. If your physician is not familiar with Accurate Imaging Diagnostics and our services, you may direct them to our website, or have them give us a call. A referral form for our clinic can be downloaded here (PDF Referral Form).