Frequently Asked Questions


DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR?

All procedures at Advanced Medical Imaging are performed under a provider’s orders, so a written referral from your provider is required.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. In order to efficiently utilize personnel and equipment, all procedures at Advanced Medical Imaging are performed by appointment. We do our best to schedule appointments within one 1 to 2 days after your provider orders a procedure and try to make your visit as convenient as possible. Appointment times are offered from 6:30am to 8:00pm. Call (406) 414-5201 for an appointment.

IS MY PROCEDURE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

health plans in this area contract with Advanced Medical Imaging so your paperwork is kept at a minimum. For other insurance plans, we will, as a courtesy, help you file a claim or file it for you.

Many insurance companies require CT and MRI procedures to be authorized by them in advanced. Your provider can assist with this “prior authorization” process, but please note it can require several days. Our billing office will assist you or your provider by calling (406) 577-9977.

HOW OFTEN WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR A MAMMOGRAM?

A Medicare patient may get a screening mammogram every 12 months. If you are not covered by Medicare, please check with your insurer.

Please note that a diagnostic mammogram typically falls under your medical deductible and plan allowance. A screening mammogram usually falls under the wellness benefits of your plan. Also note that nearly all mammograms include an additional procedure called Tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis is an advanced type of mammography that produces high resolution, 3D images of the breast. This creates a clearer picture of the breast and can reduce “call backs” or false positives. It also significantly improves our ability to detect cancer.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

In addition to written orders from your provider, please bring identification and your insurance card. A list of all medications you take and any allergies you have is also helpful, but not always necessary.

DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION?

Your provider probably provided a list of special instructions or preparation when ordering the procedure. If you are uncertain about what you should do, please contact your provider, visit www.radiologyinfo.net, or call Advanced Medical Imaging at (406) 414-5200.

CAN I GET AN MRI IF I HAVE CLAUSTROPHOBIA?

In the past, people with claustrophobia have sometimes been uncomfortable while in the “tube” of an MRI scanner. The “bore” in modern scanners is both bigger around and shorter, so this is less of a problem. Our staff is trained to assist you during your procedure and will make every effort to ensure you are comfortable.

ARE YOUR DOCTORS AND TECHNICIANS SPECIALLY TRAINED?

All personnel at Advanced Medical Imaging meet or exceed all local, state, and national requirements and guidelines for registrations, certification, and credentialing. Our radiologists are Doctors certified by the American Board of Radiology and certified in sub-specialty areas of expertise as well. Our technologists may hold advanced certification in their area of expertise. The technologists are skillful with all our equipment and technologytechnology as well as being trained to offer you the highest level of customer service. No other facility in this area can match our level of training, certification, or expertise at any level.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY PROCEDURE?

A radiologist will analyze and interpret the images and prepare a report for your provider. The report is then sent directly to your provider, who will share the results with you. If you do not hear from your provider or receive the results of your procedure, you should contact your provider’s office.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SCREENING MAMMOGRAM AND A DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM?

Screening mammograms are performed on women without any signs, symptoms, or current history of breast disease.

Diagnostic mammograms are performed in women with a possible abnormality detected on a screening mammogram, patients with signs and symptoms of breast disease and in patients with a history of breast cancer. A diagnostic examination differs from a screening examination in that supplemental images focusing on the area of concern are taken. Additionally, an ultrasound may be performed as part of the diagnostic examination. Diagnostic mammograms are directly supervised by the attending radiologist for direction and consultation during the exam.



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