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Due to Overwhelming Response, TOMO Tuesday slots are full.

Due to overwhelming response, TOMO Tuesday slots are full. We are so pleased to see patients taking care of their breast health. 3D Mammography remains available to all patients and many insurance companies are now covering in their policies. We are happy to help you determine if your insurance company includes 3Din conjunction with your mammography. Our out of pocket price for Tomosynthesis is competitive, should you not have insurance coverage.

We try to make scheduling your mammography easy for patients by providing an electronic request for prior authorizations. Click here and send. We will do the rest. At Imaging Specialists, it is easy to get checked!

Bigger. Better. Faster. AND Less Expensive.


MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive, painless diagnostic procedure. Where you schedule your MRI is an important choice. An MRI scan tells your physician an important story about what is happening inside your body, but not all MRI’s are created equal. The 3T MRI at Imaging Specialists has no equal, and it costs 1/3 of the price (or less) of area hospitals.

The 3T MRI at Imaging Specialists is a wide bore (opening). This is ideal for children, big and tall people, and those suffering from claustrophobia. The larger bore enables us to reduce a patient’s anxiety by providing more room for the patient. The advanced power of the 3T translates to a faster exam time and better quality images, which means more comfort and quicker results.

On site subspecialty trained radiologists read your MRI results rapidly and with an expert eye. When an MRI is necessary, make sure you take advantage of the most advanced technology in the greater Charleston area. Experience the unmatched quality and proven openness that makes the 3T MRI the gold standard in imaging.

Why Should You Schedule Your 3T MRI with Imaging Specialists?

Your benefits:

  • (Much) More affordable
  • Best MRI technology available today
  • On site subspecialty trained radiologists
  • 3T power equates to shorter exam times
  • Increased patient comfort
  • High image quality
  • Unsurpassed customer service
  • Rapid results
  • Accelerates early diagnosis
  • Provides accurate diagnosis

Proven Performer for:

  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiology
  • Pancreatic and Pelvic exams
  • Pediatrics
  • Angiography
  • Oncology

Women’s Imaging

Introducing State of the Art 3D Mammography

Screenshot 2015-08-14 17.06.18August 26, 2015 – Imaging Specialists today announced that it added new state-of-the-art breast imaging technology called 3D breast tomosynthesis for better breast cancer detection. The facility’s 3D mammography solution takes aim at improving breast cancer detection, reducing false-positive findings and reducing the need for additional tests.

3D mammogram technology is proven to detect breast cancer better than traditional 2D mammography alone. 3D mammography takes 25 images of the breast from many angles as the X-ray tube moves across the breast in a 50-degree arc. At Imaging Specialists 3D mammography is used in conjunction with digital mammography, computer aided detection (iCAD), and subspecialty trained radiologists. “The result is an unsurpassed weapon to fight breast cancer,” says Dr. Jon Carmain.

The 3D image sees clearly through breast tissue that may be overlapping, or through the tissue of women with dense breasts. “Clinical data demonstrates that the addition of 3D breast tomosynthesis to a patient’s traditional 2D digital mammogram increases detection of breast tumors. Earlier detection and diagnosis of small tumors is the key to surviving breast cancer,” says Dr. Carmain. “We are better able to target the size, shape and location of a tumor as well.”

3D mammography is ideal for women with dense breast tissue and women who have had prior biopsy or surgery. Patients continue to receive results immediately and speak with a breast-imaging radiologist who is on site to interpret images. Our technologists and providers completed special training and certification on the 3D breast tomosynthesis technology prior to offering the service publicly.

To schedule 3D mammography at Imaging Specialists, call 843-881-4020 or request and appointment online at Many insurance plans cover. Affordable self-pay rates are available.

Imaging Specialists leads the way in the latest information technology to automate prior-authorization and making referring easier

Merge Healthcare Launches New Business Unit to Automate Prior-Authorization and Improve Referral Success

iConnect Network Services Reduces Operational Overhead Costs Via Delivery of Electronic Orders, Prior-Authorization Automation, and Imaging Results

CHICAGO, April 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability, and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, today announced the launch of a new business unit, iConnect Network Services, to deliver interoperability services to healthcare enterprises seeking to reduce the labor and overhead costs associated with prior-authorization processes, improve physician engagement among provider communities, and boost referral success. In an age of consolidation, accountable care, and narrow networks, health systems must have a better handle on the appropriateness and efficiency of the most valuable referrals in their network.

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Save Money When You Do Your Homework

Local physicians warn that kids in school aren’t the only ones that should be doing their homework. In fact, taking a few extra minutes to price compare for some medical services could save patients time and money. Dr. Michael Garovich, President of Imaging Specialists, explains, “It is worth the time and effort to shop around when it comes to imaging services. Prices differ depending on the facility a patient chooses for their imaging needs.”
Pricing for imaging services like x-rays, ultrasounds, mammograms, CT’s and MRI’s can vary hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on the facility.

This time of year many patients find themselves at the beginning of an insurance coverage plan where the deductible is not yet met. Another point to remember for those insured is to inquire about the contracted rate. States Dr. Garovich, “High deductible plan patients definitely want to do their homework. Contracted rates can vary greatly. This can translate to savings that directly benefit the patient.” Overall, Dr. Garovich says it is important to remember that it is the patient’s right to choose where to receive their medical needs. “The doctors who own our imaging center made a choice to offer low prices and high end technology. We live here and answer to patients that are our neighbors, friends and family.”

Transparency is an increasingly important term. Similar to a window that is transparent, a patient should be able to see in to a facility’s pricing just as easily. Patients often don’t realize that facilities that are not privately owned have more than one fee that will be charged. For example, hospitals have multiple charges, or “hidden” fees, in addition to the institution’s fee for the actual exam. Watch out for hidden fees and always ask for the “combined” charges. “We make it easy to call and just ask what an exam will cost. It’s as simple as that to know what to expect,” says Vicki Richter, Director of Imaging Specialists. “It makes a difference what insurance you have, where you are with your individual deductible, or if you are a self pay patient. Either way, we find the answer for patients so there are no surprises following the exam. The surprise usually happens when the patient realizes how much lower our prices are than the hospital’s.”

There are a few simple steps to follow when price comparing. First, identify a few locations that provide the services needed. Some are free standing and some are affiliated with hospitals. Second, it is important to ask if the facility provides one bill. Dr. Garovich explains, “A single bill generally translates to lower cost. All of the services are on one bill as opposed to several bills received in the mail weeks after the service was provided.” Check the facility credentials. For imaging centers, look for ACR accreditations. Know the type of technology that is important to you. Do you want your mammography to be digital, supported by computer aided detection, and receive your results right away? Do you want your MRI to have a wide bore to reduce claustrophobia? It all amounts to doing your homework. Call us if we can help at 843-881-4020.

Imaging Specialists Awarded ACR Accreditation Renewal

Imaging Specialists has been awarded a new three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Imaging Specialists was accredited upon opening the Women’s Imaging private suite including digital mammography with computer-aided detection. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 physicians and facilities. Imaging Specialists is a comprehensive diagnostic center providing state-of-the-art 3T MRI, CT, digital X-ray and mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry, and InvisiVein laser varicose vein treatment.