Preparing for your visit

Please take these following steps prior to your appointment:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • Find out if your policy or plan requires a preauthorization or referral.

Come to your appointment with your insurance card, name and address of your plan or insurer(s), name and address of your claims payer (if different from insurer), your ID and group numbers, and the name of the policyholder or subscriber.

If applicable, for workers' compensation, automobile, or personal injury cases, we require the name and address of your attorney as well.


What to Bring to your Visit

  • Bring all applicable insurance cards
  • Please provide our staff with 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule
  • Please leave all jewelry and unnecessary valuables at home
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Do not hesitate to call our facility with any questions that you may have
  • Unless otherwise instructed by your physician, you may eat and drink normally before your exam
  • You may bring your favorite CD to listen to during your exam
  • Bring a designated driver if necessary

Preparations

There are no special preparations needed for an MRI. The exam lasts 30 to 60 minutes depending on the body part being scanned and is usually divided into 3 to 4 imaging segments. In some instances, a contrast agent (gadolinium) will be administered if requested by the referring physician. The patient may eat, drink, and take his/her medication prior to the exam. Patients are required to leave all coins, jewelry, keys, credit cards, hair pins, glasses, hearing aids, removable dental plates and any other metallic objects in a secured area. Absolutely NO MRI for patients with coclear implants, cardiac pacemakers or Brain Clips. If you have a history as a metal worker, you must be screened with an X-ray prior to your MRI. Please bring any prior films and reports and make them available to the radiologist for comparison and diagnosis.

For a CT of the abdomen, pelvis and contrast studies require the patient not to eat 6 hours prior to the exam. The patient may be required to pick up an oral contrast agent two days prior to the scan. For all CT scans with intravenous contrast studies, patients over 40 years of age, patients currently receiving chemotherapy and patients with a history of nephrectomy must have bloodwork done with BUN and Creatinine levels tested. Most studies take about 10 to 15 minutes.

For a Pelvic or Transvaginal Ultrasound, drink and hold in 32 ounces of water one hour before the appointment. For an Abdominal Ultrasound, do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to the appointment. For Obstetrics or Bladder Ultrasounds, drink and hold 24 ounces of water one hour prior to the appointment. There are no specific preparation instructions for Breast, Renal, Carotid, Testicular, Thyroid, and Doppler exams.

Schedule your appointment time for shortly after menses. Please do not use any powders, cream or deodorant under you arm or around the breast area prior to your exam. Wear a comfortable two-piece
outfit. If possible, obtain and make available to the radiologist any prior mammogram studies. If you cannot obtain your previous mammograms or this is your first mammography, you must sign a waiver stating that you will allow your films to be read without comparison to any previous films.

Patient preparation for nuclear medicine studies is highly variable and a nuclear medicine technologist or nurse will contact the patient prior to the examination if any special preparation is required.

Note Regarding Pregnancy Testing: As with all tests involving radiation, patients will be asked whether or not they may be pregnant. Most nuclear medicine scans are avoided or postponed if there is a possibility of pregnancy in order to avoid risk to the fetus.

  • The nurse and/or technologist will review the procedure with the patient and answer all questions. Also, the patient will be asked relevant questions regarding their medical history. This helps the nuclear medicine physician interpret the study.
  • A radioactive agent is administered either intravenously or by mouth.
  • A gamma camera/computer is used to create an image of radioactivity in different parts of the body, as required by the nature of the study. The scan is recorded in a computer and on photographic film.
  • The duration of the test varies depending on the specific test ordered by the physician. Some tests take less than an hour to complete, while other tests may take up to several hours.
  • A nuclear medicine physician interprets the results, and sends a report to the referring physician.

All Nuclear Medicine studies require a written prescription or referral stating the exam being ordered and the patient’s signs and symptoms indicating medical necessity of the procedure. If we do not have the written prescription in hand, the radioisotope cannot be administered.

If a patient is on calcium supplements, they cannot take calcium the day of the test.

After My Exam is Completed

After your exam is completed, a radiologist who specializes in analyzing images of the specific area of the body you had examined will prepare a diagnostic report to share with your referring physician.

Quick Reports/Results: We understand that both patients and physicians are anxious to obtain the results of scheduled diagnostic procedures and that's why we normally deliver our reports for most procedures within 48 hours. Sat reports are always available for emergency cases.

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Insurance information

While we have made every attempt to associate Perth Amboy Diagnostic Imaging with all possible payors, there are times when we are not able to contract with some. As a good "rule of thumb," always verify coverage for the prescribed scan with your insurance carrier before arriving at Perth Amboy Diagnostic Imaging. We, the provider of a service, want to ensure the lowest possible out-of-pocket costs for you, the patient. Should your insurance for some reason not cover the procedure with Perth Amboy Diagnostic Imaging, maybe we can find a suitable and appropriate alternative. As with any service provided under insurance coverage, you, the patient, are ultimately responsible for any and all costs not covered by your insurance carrier.

Many insurance plans require their members to obtain pre-authorization for some diagnostic tests. Although we process insurance authorizations at Perth Amboy Diagnostic Imaging, please contact your plan prior to scheduling your exam to verify plan coverage and any pre-authorization requirements.

Our Skilled Physicians

  • Subspecialities:
Diagnostic Radiology, including but not limited to MRI, CT (neuro and body), mammography, sonography, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology
  • Undergraduate:
Brooklyn College, 1963
  • Medical College:
University of Louvain, Belgium, 1969
  • Internship:
Jewish Hospital of Montreal, McGill Teaching Hospital, 1968
  • Residency:
Long Island Jewish Hospital, Queens Hospital Center Affiliation
  • Board Certification:
American Board of Nuclear Medicine, since 1976
American Board of Radiology, since July 1973
  • Hospital Affiliation:
Passaic Beth Israel Hospital

 

  • Subspecialities:
Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology, mammography, sonography, and nuclear medicine.
  • Undergraduate:
St. Joseph’s University, 1983
  • Medical School:
Jefferson Medical College, Pennsylvania, 1987
  • Internship:
Henry Ford Hospital- Surgery
  • Residency:
Henry Ford Hospital, 1988-89 Otolaryngology
Beth Israel Medical Center, 1989-93 Radiology, Chief Resident 1992-93
  • Fellowship:
Neuroradiology, University of Pennsylvania, 1993-94
Philadelphia , PA
  • Board Certification:
6/10/1993 American Board of Radiology
11/3/1997 Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Neuroradiology
1/25/2007 Recertified CAQ in Neuroradiology

 

  • Subspecialities:
Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Undergraduate:
New York University, 1969
  • Graduate:
Universite du Paris, Faculte de Medecine, 1979
  • Internship:
Diagnostic Radiology at Lenox Hill Hospital, 1979
  • Residency:
Emergency Medicine at Overlook Hospital, 1982
  • Fellowship:
Neuroradiology with additional training in Interventional Radiology at UMDNJ, 1983
  • Hospital Affiliation:
Mercy Medical Center
Saint Catherine Sienna Medical Center
Trinitas Hospital New Point
Calvary Hospital-Brooklyn Campus
Eger Health Care Rehabilitation
Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens