Tips and Advice on How to Save Time and Money by Combining Diagnostic Medical Tests

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The Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Miami, describes the value of combining multiple diagnostic tests within one visit.

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Complementary medical imaging tests can provide different and useful information about the area being examined, giving doctors a more complete picture to use when making diagnostic and treatment decisions.

“Having two scans done during the same visit can work well for a couple of reasons. First, the patient pays for just one office visit,” says Fr. Najib Saba, M.D., and Radiologist at CDI Miami. “Second, complementary medical imaging tests can provide different and useful information about the area being examined, giving doctors a more complete picture to use when making diagnostic and treatment decisions.”

According to research conducted at Duke University, combining medical imaging treatments resulted in achieving the lowest misclassification rate within neuro psychological testing. Misclassification is a growing concern in disease pathogenesis:

"Misdiagnosis in very early stages of Alzheimer's is a significant problem, as there are more than 100 conditions that can mimic the disease. In people with mild memory complaints, our accuracy is barely better than chance. Given that the definitive gold standard for diagnosing Alzheimer's is autopsy, we need a better way to look into the brain," said P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, professor of psychiatry and medicine at Duke and study author.

In addition to mammogram/tomosynthesis and X-ray/MRI combinations, other diagnostic medical imaging tests that complement each other well are PET/CT scans, PET/MRI and X-ray/ultrasound. Patients should always talk to their doctors about the possibilities of combining these tests and understand whether doing so could result in time and cost savings. Additionally, our professionals at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging in Miami, are always available to answer questions about scans and the various costs involved.

How to prepare for these exams:

  • For all Magnetic Resonances scans:

The patient should refrain from wearing clothing with metallic ornaments such as hair clips, zippers and buttons.
The patient must continue with their regular medication regimen, if any.

  • For all Magnetic Resonances scans with contrast:

Patients should fax or bring blood work results for BUN and Creatine (your physicians should give you the prescription for the blood work).

  • For MRCP:

Patients should not drink or eat anything six hours before the test.

Our mission is to serve the healthcare needs of the community by utilizing the most advanced technology and techniques available in the imaging industry, while providing an efficient and excellent service, which is why we have been chosen by many referring physicians.

To this day, we are one of the only facilities in South Florida to offer 3D tomosynthesis. We strive to continuously expand our diagnostic services and update our technology to meet our patients’ needs and exceed their expectations.

About CDI: The Center for Diagnostic Imaging is one of Miami's leading facilities for diagnostic imaging services. With over 20 years of experience, CDI has successfully provided the best service and results in digital imaging and patient care.

The center is owned and operated by a team of board-certified physicians and staff determined to be South Florida's premier imaging series. With services like, 3D mammography, MRI scans, and full body scans, CDI is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the community through the use of the most highly advanced technology and techniques currently available within the imaging industry.

For more information on, or to set up an appointment with The Center for Diagnostic Imaging, call 1-800-371-0002.

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Jessica Duran
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