How soon can I get my MRI results after the test? Does the radiologist have to read them first or can I get the films the same day as the test?
Hi skeeter. Usually they like to have the radiologist read them first so a report can be generated to go with your films or now CD of your MRI. It can take a day or two. You should call the MRI place & ask them. Where I get mine, I let them know when I have it done that I would like to have a copy for my records, & they will give me a day I can pick up the CD with the radiologists report along with it. It's a good idea to have a copy for your own records. Where I have mine done they will give me one ffree copy. If you need a second there is a $10 fee. I keep all of mine in a fireproof lock box for safety...
It may depend on the hospital. I know our local hospital sends them via computer to the on call radiologist and get a quick reading. I doubt it will be in writting that day, but it would be known if something was wrong.
It actually depends on the place that you get your MRI. Where I go, I normally can get at least a written report from the radiologist, normally, they have me wait for a few minuets while my films are read by the Radiologist and most of the time I can either get the films that day or the next day at the latest, but I always get the reading in writing. But some places won't do this, they make you wait until they send them to your doctor. Like I said, it just depends on where you go.
Our clinic waits until the radiologist and my physician discuss them. Then I have an appt. with my doc within a couple of days and we review together. They send an email on the initial result, and I can look up the radiologist report online.
My copies are held electronically and I can get them within a couple hours sent via email. My doc simply has to be available to release them. Printed copies require going to the department and picking them up. Once the doctor okays them.
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