How much will my exam cost?
Exam prices vary by procedure but you will be happy to know EPIC Imaging is one of the most cost effective centers in the region. Our pricing is consistently lower than every major hospital and other outpatient facilities. Our staff will gladly provide you with a cost overview of your specific exam prior to your study.
What insurance plans do you accept?
EPIC accepts virtually all insurance plans, however, we may not be preferred providers for all plans. Our billing and insurance personnel are available to assist you with any questions. Please call the center with the information on your insurance card. If we are not a preferred provider for your plan, we will match the in-network benefits of any plan the law allows.
Do you accept payment plans?
Yes. Our onsite financial counselors will be happy to discuss payment plans. EPIC also works with a financing company specializing in medical expenses.
How accurate is the equipment used?
EPIC Imaging maintains the most technologically advanced facilities in Oregon. All equipment is state-of-the-art and undergoes rigorous, daily quality control checks to yield the highest degree of accuracy. In addition, we conduct frequent and regular preventive maintenance checks. Many of our departments are individually accredited by the American College of Radiology. To achieve this accreditation, an ACR board of experts regularly reviews our images and monitors our quality control efforts.
What exactly does a radiologist do?
Radiologists are medical doctors who have chosen to specialize in the field of imaging for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The most important task of the radiologist is to interpret the data from your procedure and combine that information with the clinical findings of your doctor. We commonly refer to this process as a “reading.” The goal of the reading is to provide your physician with a clearer picture of what is happening inside your body.
Do radiologists have special credentials?
Yes. All EPIC radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology which means they have completed a radiology residency and examinations as well as maintaining ongoing educational programs. In addition many of our radiologists hold fellowships in subspecialties like neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, abdominal imaging, women’s imaging, head and neck, etc.
Will the radiologist meet with me during my test?
Generally not. Your primary contact is most often with the technologist who administers your exam. It depends on the exam. Some require the direct supervision of a radiologist while others are performed completely by the technologist and reviewed afterwards by the radiologist. However, if you’d like to speak with the radiologist, we will make every effort to accommodate your request.
What is a technologist?
A technologist is a person specially trained to operate the diagnostic imaging equipment and to position patients to achieve the clearest images possible. While technologists are not medical doctors they do work closely with the radiologist reviewing patient histories, presenting histories and preliminary films to the radiologist and making sure all patients are as comfortable as possible.
Do technologists have special credentials?
Yes. EPIC employs only registered technologists who specialize in a particular area (or modality) such as MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound, CT, etc.
Will I know the results of my exam before I leave?
Generally not. Your results are forwarded to your physicians within 24 hours. It is very important for your physician to compare our conclusions with his or her clinical findings in order to present you with a complete diagnosis.
The exception to this is routine mammogram screenings. If you are having a mammogram and want to know your results before leaving, please let us know.
Can my study go to more than one physician for review?
Absolutely. We respect the desire of patients to seek second opinions in their care. Simply call our Medical Records department with the name and address of the physician.