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Radiology FAQ

Why is breast imaging important in breast cancer care?

Diagnostic breast imaging, including mammography and ultrasound, is crucial to early detection of the clinical signs and symptoms of breast disease.

Mammography screening can result in earlier detection of suspicious masses. Early detection can result in better therapeutic options, such as a lumpectomy instead of a mastectomy. The chances of survival are also higher when cancer is detected early.

How do UC Irvine breast imaging services differ from what is offered elsewhere?

As Orange County’s only university hospital, UC Irvine Medical Center has the most knowledgeable, best-qualified radiologists and very latest radiologic equipment. Our radiologists are skilled at performing the most sophisticated procedures, including image-guided biopsies with ultrasound and stereotactic guidance for more accurate diagnoses and better cosmetic results.

What will my breast imaging experience be like?

Because we have a true multidisciplinary breast center, staffed by surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and genetic counselors, we can provide more convenient, faster and better care.

Can family members accompany me during my radiology procedure?

To ensure privacy for all of our patients, we ask that you bring only those family members or friends necessary for your travel or moral support. Family members and friends can wait for the patient in a designated seating area.

Is cell phone use allowed in your facility?

Cell phones are allowed in our imaging facilities. However, should you, a family member or friend need to place or take a call, we ask that you do so outside. This ensures a calm and relaxing atmosphere for our other patients and their families.

If my doctor is not affiliated with UCI Health, can my imaging be done at your facilities?

Yes. Please contact our appointment scheduling desk at 714-456-5655 to verify that your insurance will cover services provided through UCI Health.

How long will my examination take?

The duration of your examination or procedure depends on the type of study your physician has ordered. In general, your visit time (from arrival until the end of your study or procedure) can range from about 45 minutes to as much as three hours. For more information about specific procedures, please contact us at 714-456-5655.

When will my test results be ready?

Examination results are sent directly to your doctor (the physician who referred you) as well as to other doctors who may have requested copies. On average, your doctor will receive the official results within three business days of the examination. You should call your doctor’s office to confirm whether he or she received the report.

When may I request copies of my examination report?

After our radiologist (the physician who interprets the results of your examination) finalizes the report, you may request copies. For an explanation of these results, you should consult with your referring doctor. For further information, please contact us at 714-456-5655.

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