Patients

You have options for care, but why choose a facility with SRA Radiologists?

Steuben Radiology Staff All of our radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. We have trained at some of the nation's premiere institutions, and bring specialized knowledge and expertise to our patients in the Ohio Valley.

We are committed to providing you with the highest quality and safest imaging services in the region, and partner proudly with our technologists and nurses to make your experience comfortable and efficient.

Your images are important!  Your doctor has ordered a CT, X-ray, or other imaging study to diagnose a problem you are having, or to monitor treatment that you are receiving.  These images are vital to providing you with optimal care overall.  When you trust us to perform and interpret your study, you are getting focused, high quality care that gives you and your doctor the answers you need so that you can heal.

What to expect for your procedure

  • Your doctor's office will let you know if you need to have special preparation for a procedure.  For some studies, you may need to skip breakfast or keep your bladder full.  You will get detailed instructions on what to do so that your study is optimized.
  • For all studies, plan on bringing ID, your insurance card and any copay due.  If you have a copy of your doctor's order, please bring that as well.

IV Contrast

  • For the vast majority of patients, getting contrast material in their IVs is safe, and allows for improved diagnosis of certain diseases.
  • Kidney disease:  For patients with kidney disease, we take extra caution in administering contrast for CTs or MRIs.
    • CT contrast, which contains iodine, can be damaging to the kidneys if given in large doses.  So we check your kidney function and alter the dose based on how well your kidneys are functioning.  Your doctor may prescribe extra hydration in an IV to help keep your kidneys flushed and decrease the likelihood of kidney damage.
    • MRI contrast, which contains gadolinium, has been associated with a disease called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis, or NSF for short.  Very rarely, this can occur in patients whose kidneys do not work well.  It does not occur in patients who have normal kidney function.  Before giving contrast, we check you kidney function and will either decrease the dose of contrast or not give it at all.
  • Allergies:  Some patients who have received IV contrast before end up developing an allergic reaction.  Sometimes, the reaction is mild, and involves minor itching.  Other patients develop a serious reaction called anaphylaxis.  Be sure to tell the doctor ordering your scan what your reaction is, because you may need to have extra medications (steroids and Benadryl) before getting the IV contrast.

Radiation Safety

When performing your study, we always have your safety in mind. We tailor each study to you to minimize the amount of radiation you receive.  Using the principle of ALARA, or As Low As Reasonably Achievable, we try to get a diagnostic study for you using the least amount of radiation feasible.  The technologist will tailor your study, and may place shields on you to protect your other organs from receiving radiation unnecessarily.

Scheduling a Study or Procedure

  • To schedule a diagnostic study or interventional procedure at Trinity West, please call central scheduling at 740-283-7440
  • To schedule a diagnostic study or interventional procedure at Trinity Hospital Twin Cities, please call 740-922-2800

Scheduling a Consultation

If you or your doctor think you may be a candidate for one of our interventional procedures, such as uterine fibroid embolization, you may schedule a consultation visit with one of our interventional radiologists by calling Trinity West Radiology Nursing at 740-264-8149 between 7AM and 3PM on weekdays.

Resources From Trusted Sources:

  • www.radiologyinfo.org
    • Website for patients by the Radiological Society of North America
    • Provides information about diagnostic procedures
  • www.sirweb.org/patients
    • Website for patients by the Society of Interventional Radiology
    • Provides information about interventional procedures