This information will be sent to your provider and will be kept as part of your patient records.
You have the right to be informed about the recommended diagnostic procedure to be used, so that you may make the decision whether or not to undergo this procedure after knowing the risks and hazards involved. This disclosure is not meant to scare or alarm you. It is so that you can choose to give or withhold your consent to the procedure.
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please inform center personnel at once.
Your physician has requested a Computerized Tomography (CT) examination to obtain additional information. This is a diagnostic test that involves x-ray images and computers to produce an image of internal body parts.
As part of your CT, a contrast agent may be injected into your vein in order to produce better images of the part of the body being examined.
Potential Risks: The following complications are possible anytime an injection is given: potential for pain, bleeding, bruising or swelling at the injection site. CT exams requiring contrast may result in: mild headache, nausea, itching or other vague symptoms for a short time after the injection. Additional allergic reactions in response to the contrast agent may include: hives, shortness of breath or difficulty in swallowing. There have been rare instances of death after the administration of the contrast agent. It is very important that you inform the technologist if you experience any of the conditions mentioned in this form.
If you have previously had a reaction to a contrast injection such as hives, shortness of breath, any significant reaction requiring hospitalization, a history of asthma or other allergic conditions, any history of anemia, sickle cell anemia or kidney disorder; or if you are breastfeeding you must inform the technologist. The safety of contrast in children under 2 has not been established.
The diagnostic test being performed was ordered by your physician based on your symptoms and condition. The benefits of this exam are to assist your physician with a diagnosis.
In conjunction with the American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines, it is the policy of One Step Diagnostic to identify patients at risk of developing Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) prior to any Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent (GBCA) injection. The method used to identify such patients require assessing renal function at the time of service.
Using a point of service device, a serum creatinine level is acquired and used to calculate the current estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR). If provided, you and/or your insurance company will be billed for this service.