Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the questions most frequently asked by our patients.

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WHAT EXAMS ARE FREE IN A PRIVATE CLINIC?

General radiography, digestive tract exams, mammogram, and bone densitometry are covered by the RÉGIE D’ASSURANCE MALADIE DU QUÉBEC (RAMQ). Ultrasounds, CT scans, and magnetic resonance are not covered by the RAMQ. However, most group insurance plans reimburse these exams performed in private clinics. Check with your insurer.

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IS MAMMOGRAM PAINFUL?

It rarely is. However, it can be uncomfortable during compression but this only lasts a few brief seconds. Our technical staff is aware of this and will do its best to minimize your discomfort.

In premenopausal women, it is preferable to schedule the mammogram 4 to 5 days after menstruation when breasts are less sensitive.

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HOW LONG BEFORE MY DOCTOR RECEIVES MY EXAM REPORT?

If your doctor has a fax, he will receive a copy of the final report within 24 to 48 hours, otherwise, the report will be sent by mail.

Your physician may request that it be faxed the same day if the report is required urgently.

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WHY MUST I PAY FOR AN ULTRASOUND?

Since the arrival of specialized imaging techniques (ultrasound, CT scan and magnetic resonance) the Government of Quebec has chosen to cover the costs of these exams only when performed in a hospital.
Anyone using the services of a private clinic for these exams must pay for these services.

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WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?

For the payment of ultrasounds and incidental expenses, we accept payment by cash, debit, or credit card (VISA or MASTER CARD).
Personal checks and American Express credit cards are not accepted.

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HOW MUCH DOES AN ULTRASOUND COST AT RADIOLOGIE PB?

Here are the uninsured medical services :

Paper copy of images : $1.00 per sheet
Copy of the report : $2.00
Copy of images on CD : $10.00
Certificate of attendance : $5.00
Report translation fees : $25.00
Abdominal and/pelvic ultrasound : $180.00
Abdominal ultrasound : $115.00
Pelvic ultrasound : $95.00
Surface or thyroid ultrasound scan : $90.00
Testies ultrasound : $95.00
1 breast ultrasound : $85.00
2 breasts ultrasound : $115.00
Shoulder ultrasound : $150.00
Musculoskeletal ultrasound : $150.00
Aspiration : $55.00
Infiltration : $55.00
Leg venous doppler : $140.00

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CAN I GET A COPY OF THE IMAGES AND/OR OF MY EXAM REPORT?

Yes, you can obtain on request a copy of your report and/or images of your exam. If you want to leave with these documents on the day of your exam, you should expect to wait about 60 minutes.

For ultrasound, a copy of the report and images is free of charge provided you make the request at the time of the exam.
If you make the request at a later time, there is a fee of $2.00 for the report and of $10.00 for the image CD.

For any other exam (radiography, mammogram, barium exam), there is a fee of $2.00 for the report and of $10.00 for the image CD, or of $1.00 for a paper copy of the images for each exam.

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WHY ARE THE BREASTS COMPRESSED DURING A MAMMOGRAM?

In order to obtain a clear image, the breast needs to be compressed, thus allowing to properly display the gland and avoiding overlaps.

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IS IT EASY TO FIND PARKING?

Yes, all our clinics offer ample free parking.

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CAN I HAVE A CT SCAN OR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE DONE AT RADIOLOGIE PB?

Yes, it will be our pleasure to welcome you to our high tech imaging center at the Radiologie Montérégie clinic (www.radiologiemonteregie.com) TEL.: 450-674-0909

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WHAT ARE FOODS WITHOUT FIBER OR RESIDUE?

These are foods that are fully absorbed by your intestine.
Here are a few suggestions:

  • lean meats: grilled beef, skinless poultry, cooked ham
  • lean fish: sole, trout
  • Boiled or hard boiled eggs, potatoes, rice, baked dough without fat, white bread, crackers (melba toast, soda crackers), Jell-O, baby food in a jar, white hard cheese (cheddar, gruyere), cottage cheese.

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CAN I TAKE MY MEDICATION WHEN I AM REQUIRED TO FAST FOR MY EXAM?

If you have diabetes and take pills to control your diabetes, it is best to wait until after the exam so as to take them with your meal.

If you take insulin, tell your doctor before beginning to prepare for the exam in order to adjust your insulin doses.

Any other medicines should be taken as usual with a little water.

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WHERE CAN I GET GENERAL INFORMATION ON MAMMOGRAM?

For information about mammogram and breast cancer screening, please visit the following websites:

-MAMMO.CA
– PQDCS.QC.CA

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BRING MY PREVIOUS MAMMOGRAM WITH ME WHEN THEY WERE MADE AT ANOTHER CLINIC?

Each woman’s gland has a unique appearance and the overlap of tissues can sometimes give images which are difficult to interpret and require further investigation. More of these findings can be confirmed as benign when the radiologist has access to your previous mammograms. In addition to facilitating the work of the radiologist, this can avoid making you worry unnecessarily.

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WHAT IS A VALID PRESCRIPTION?

A prescription in your name, signed by a physician with clear clinical information is required for a medical imaging exam. We will try to reach your doctor for any missing information should your prescription be incomplete. However, we reserve the right to refuse your request if your prescription remains incomplete, despite our best efforts.

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CAN I TALK TO MY RADIOLOGIST AFTER MY EXAM?

The radiologist’s role is to interpret the multiple images obtained from each exam. Except for ultrasounds which are made in his/her presence, no meeting is scheduled with the radiologist. In certain limited circumstances, he/she may ask to meet you if necessary.

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WILL I RECEIVE MY RESULTS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE EXAM?

No, the radiologist must first study the images obtained before sending the final report to your doctor. When your doctor requests an urgent interpretation, the report is given priority and sent by fax.