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Imaging Specialists Answers Top Imaging Questions

The team at Imaging Specialists interacts with patients on a daily basis.   Patients often share the same questions and concerns.   Imaging Specialists  compiled those questions in one place in hopes that these answers will help others  with scheduled imaging as well.

  • When will I get my MRI results?  The answer for MRI is the results are available the next day.  The Imaging Specialists  radiologists examine the images and provide a detailed report to the referring provider, who then contacts the patient regarding the results.
  • Is my mammogram clear?   The subspecialty trained radiologists at Imaging Specialists are on site and personally provide mammography results. Unlike other imaging centers, if a patient needs additional studies they will be handled immediately. No waiting and worrying!
  • If a prior mammogram was at another facility, can I still come to Imaging Specialists?   You bet!  Go to to find a convenient Women’s Imaging form.   Imaging Specialists facilitates the transfer of prior mammography films.
  • Do you have a patient portal? Patients are given access to a patient portal at the time of visit.   It typically takes 24 hours for results to be posted to the portal.
  • Can I walk in for an X-Ray?  Yes!   However, patients do need an order in hand from a referring physician.   Walk ins, but it is recommended to  call before arriving so the team can put the appointment on the schedule.
  • Does Imaging Specialists handle insurance authorization?  The authorization  team begins communication with the insurance company as soon as the patient is placed on the schedule.  Here is a tip:  The more clinical notes received from the provider, the easier it can be to get the insurance provider to authorize payment.
  • Can I choose to go to Imaging Specialists?   ABSOLUTELY!  Patients should be an advocate for their health and request to go to Imaging Specialists.

Imaging Specialists is the only locally owned full service, freestanding medical imaging facility in greater Charleston. From Digital X-Ray to the latest Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Imaging Specialists strives to exceed all of expectations for care. Experience the difference that the latest technology housed in a modern facility can make. The friendly staff is available to answer questions at 843-881-4020. (tel:843-881-4020)

Mammography Tips from our Women’s Imaging Team

At Imaging Specialists’ Women’s Imaging, we provide a private suite of advanced imaging including 3D mammography. Every Tuesday, our team shares mammography tips on ourFacebook page. Here is a look at some of the tips you need to know before scheduling your next mammogram.

1. Deodorant – Skip the deodorant before your mammogram. It can actually show up and require extra films. Imaging Specialists provides deodorant for your use after the

2. Check your Calendar – It needs to be one year plus one day between mammography appointments. This is for insurance and screening purposes.

3. Prior Records – It is helpful for our radiologists to have your prior mammogram films. If you have had a mammogram at a different location, simply fill out this form BEFORE your scheduled mammogram. We will facilitate getting your prior mammography films for you!

4. Implants – It is important to notify our team of implants when you schedule your appointment. Implants require more films, which call for a longer appointment time.

5. What to Wear – When coming in for a mammogram, make sure to wear bottoms. You need to wear clothing that is easy to remove from the waist up, as our capes are waist length.

6. Compression – Why the squeeze? Compression keeps the breast still, it makes the surface area smaller and spreads out the tissue which helps with cancer detection.

7. Nursing – If you are currently nursing or have nursed within 6 months, wait before scheduling your mammogram. Allow your breasts 6 months to return to normal before scheduling.

8. 2D vs. 3D – Unlike 2D mammography, 3D Breast Tomosynthesis takes X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles that are not available in traditional mammography.

Most important tip of all: Mammograms save lives. Your very best defense is early detection and diagnosis, made possible through an annual screening mammogram. Schedule yours today!

A Letter From Michael Garovich, MD, President

Dear Patients,

It is my hope that this New Year finds you and your family healthy and happy. We are proud to be your choice for comprehensive imaging services. Nine years ago, we opened our doors. As both the doctors and the owners of the area’s only privately owned, free standing imaging center, we stood by the idea that healthcare delivery could and should revolve around what the patient wants. We believed in being better.

We brought the absolute best technology available today to the market. Then, we made it affordable. Not stopping there, we made it convenient. Ease of appointments, rapid results, pull up parking, transparent pricing with no hidden fees coupled with really nice people, create a five star experience. Treating our patients like family happens every day.

Our subspecialty trained radiologists are some of the best in their field. Our neuro, musculoskeletal, body, diagnostic, breast, pediatric, and interventional radiologists are your neighbors. We care about you, your family, and your friends. Expect more from your healthcare. Take the time to compare. It is your right to choose where you receive imaging services. Every day we work hard to make sure your choice is Imaging Specialists.

Yours truly,
Michael Garovich, MD, President
Imaging Specialists


Imaging Specialists Offering Bone Density, BMI Testing

For immediate release-Imaging Specialists now provides even more cutting edge technology that will help arm patients with information needed to assess their overall health:  Pro-Bone Density and Body Mass Indexing tests.  These tests can aid in chronic disease assessment, cardio-metabolic health assessment as well as weight management and wellness.

The GE Prodigy Pro Bone Densitometer provides rapid, excellent bone density testing and includes advanced hip analysis and vertebral assessment.   Housed in the Women’s Imaging area, this test detects bone loss in its earliest stages and is the most effective way to diagnose and monitor osteoporosis.   It is the most accurate in assessing fracture risk or treatment needs.

To learn more about bone density testing guidelines:
Imaging Specialists also offers Body Composition Analysis or BMI testing.  In less than 5 minutes, this non-invasive scan provides patients with body composition through distinguishing fat and lean mass and detects metabolic changes.  This detailed body composition testing can focus on specific body parts including arms, legs and abdomen.   BMI testing aids metabolic health and provides detailed information that can help patients in making therapeutic decisions.  This advanced BMI testing will cost $55.
Yearly testing for bone density and BMI will detect changes in the body as well as overall health.   Imaging Specialists is a free standing, locally owned imaging facility in the greater Charleston area.  Call 843.881.4020 or to schedule an appointment.