The patient is welcomed to the practice and given an intake
questionnaire and the HIPPA (patient privacy) forms to sign. This is a
good time to ask any questions about the procedure.
next step is for the patient to disrobe down to the underpants and put
on a light-weight gown. This allows for the body to acclimatize to the
ambient temperature of the room before imaging begins. Patient
information relating to symptoms and history is taken, this focuses on
the primary complaints and concerns of the patient.
A full explanation is given before the imaging is started so that the
patient understands what is going to take place. The patient is
reassured that there is no radiation, no contact with the body and that
nothing will be felt.
The test will involve a number of views being taken, each view only
takes a couple of seconds, so the whole exam will be completed in a few
minutes. We require the patient to remain as still as possible for the
couple of seconds that the image is not necessary to hold the breath. We
routinely take an anterior view followed by both lateral views and then
a posterior view, sometimes oblique views are included.