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How does an MRI scanner work?

MRI scanners use powerful magnetic fields, radio waves and advanced computer technology to take detailed images of the body. A magnetic field is sent through the body, causing the nuclei of the body's hydrogen atoms to align. Radio waves are added to the magnetic, causing the nuclei to resonate. When the radio waves are turned off, the nuclei move back into place and send out their own radio waves. These waves are picked-up by the scanner. A computer interprets the radio waves and creates images based on the resonance characteristics of different tissue types.

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How does a CT scanner work?

A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body. The CT scanner sends X-rays through the body. Each rotation of the scanner takes less than a second and provides a picture of a thin slice of the organ or area being studied.

How does X-Ray work?

An X-ray image is created by exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-ray beams pass through the body, but are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. Fat and muscle look like varying shades of gray. The air in lungs shows up as black.

Fluoroscopy uses a continuous X-ray beam with the aid of a contrast agent to capture images of certain organs as they function. The images are projected in real time on a fluorescent screen, or television-like monitor.

How does a Nuclear Medicine scanner work?

Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals to create images of the body. The radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine emit gamma rays that can be detected externally by a special type of camera. The images show blood flow, functional and metabolic activity.

How does Mammography work?

Mammography uses safe, low-dose x-rays to produce an image of breast tissue. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases.

How does a Bone Densitometry scanner work?

A bone mineral density (BMD) test, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is a low-dose x-ray that is used to determine how much mineral is in a person’s bones.

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Patient Preparation

Each type of imaging study has its own special preparation guidelines. We highly recommend you read about your procedure on this website. A Kenosha Radiology Center representative will review the specific instructions when you make your appointment. A KRC Representative will confirm your appointment the day before and review your preparation instructions again at that time. In addition, you may call us at any time should you have any questions about any test.

To learn more about your preparation, click on the appropriate below.

bulletNuclear Medicine
bulletBone Densitometry

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Privacy Practices

Click Here to read Kenosha Radiology Center's Privacy Practices Statement concerning how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

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Viewing Images on CD

Click Here to download a Quick Reference Guide to launching and viewing images on the provided CD. You can also Click Here to download a User Guide that explains how to use the tools and other features of eFilm Lite.

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Glossary of Insurance Terms

Advanced beneficiary notice (ABN) – If Medicare will not pay for a procedure or service, the physician or clinic will request that you review and sign an Advanced beneficiary notice. This notice will assist you in determining whether you want to have the procedure or service performed and how you prefer to pay for it.

Advance medical services payment agreement – If your health insurance company will not pay for a procedure or service, the physician or clinic will request you review and sign an Advance medical services payment agreement. This notice will assist you in determining whether you want to have the procedure or service performed and how you prefer to pay for it.

Allowed charge – The lesser of the actual charge, the customary charge or the contracted rate for a covered procedure. If Kenosha Radiology Center is a member of your health insurance company's network of providers, your health insurance company will pay the allowable charge, minus any co-payment, co-insurance or deductible that you are responsible for. KRC is required to accept your health insurance company's discounted rate for your procedure.

Benefit – The amount your plan will pay a physician or clinic, as stated in your policy, toward the cost of the procedure or service to be performed. However, you may be responsible for a co-payment, deductible or co-insurance, based on your health insurance company's benefit plan.

Bill/invoice/statement – The summary of your medical bill.

Claim – The form that the physician or clinic files with a health insurance company that details the services and procedures performed on your behalf, and other pertinent data that is required by the health insurance company in order for the physician or clinic to receive payment.

Co-payment or “co-pay” – A form of medical cost sharing in a health insurance plan. This is the part of your medical bill you must pay each time you visit a physician or clinic. This is a pre-set fee determined by your health insurance policy.

Co-insurance – A form of medical cost sharing in a health insurance plan. This is the part of your bill, often in addition to a co-pay, that you must pay until you reach your out-of-pocket maximum. Co-insurance is usually a percentage of the total allowed charges—for example, 20 percent.

Deductible – The amount you must pay towards your medical treatment before your health insurance company starts to pay—for example, $500 per individual or $1,500 per family. In most cases, a new deductible must be satisfied each calendar year.

In-network – The physician or clinic has a contract with the health insurance company to provide you with medical care. The physician will submit your medical bill directly to the health insurance company for payment. However, you may be responsible for a co-payment, deductible and/or co-insurance according to your health insurance company's benefit plan.

Non-covered charges – Costs for medical treatment that your health insurance company does not pay. You may wish to determine if your treatment is covered by your health insurance policy before you are billed for these charges by the physician’s office or clinic.

Out-of-network – The physician or clinic is not contracted with the health insurance company to provide you with medical treatment. You are responsible for the payment of the medical care. The physician may agree to submit your medical bill directly to the payer for payment. However, you may be responsible for an increased co-payment, deductible, co-insurance and/or additional charges according to your insurance company's benefit plan.

Pre-admission approval or certification number or "pre-cert" – Authorization from your health insurance company for Kenosha Radiology Center to provide you with service that will be covered under your health insurance company's benefit plan. If your insurance company requires a pre-authorization for your procedure, KRC will complete all pre-authorizations and pre-certifications as allowed by each insurance company. We will also work with your referring physician to obtain the authorization if your insurance company requires your doctor's office to obtain pre-approval. However, you as the patient should always ensure that the authorization, if required, is obtained. This will ensure the claim will be paid in a correct and timely manner.

Primary health insurance company – The health insurance company that is responsible to pay your benefits first when you have more than one health insurance plan.

Secondary health insurance company – The secondary health insurance company is not the first payer of your claims. The remaining claim balance will be sent to a secondary health insurance company, if provided, after payment is received by the primary health insurance company.

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