Radiology services at Carle Health feature the most advanced technology. This enables safe, quick, and accurate imaging tests that help your care team develop the best treatment plan for you and with you.
Using digital imaging, our team of board-certified radiologists can quickly and accurately review your scans. To allow you the flexibility of selecting a convenient Carle location, we upload digital images quickly to our electronic medical record system for your care team to access within 24 hours, which means your provider can access the images and results within 24 hours.
Because we want you to be an active part of your healthcare, we release your radiology test results to MyCarle – your electronic medical record – within 48 hours of testing to arm you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.
You may have noticed the last time or two you were in one of our medical facilities for an X-ray that no one handed you a lead apron to wear. We can still provide one if you request it; we simply don’t recommend that our patients wear them for X-rays or CT scans anymore.
Why the change? Although the use of such aprons was common practice for many years, medical experts now believe that the best way to keep patients safe during imaging exams is not to use aprons (also called shields). This is because improvements in technology and our procedures have eliminated the need for such precautions.
In fact, studies over the past 70 years have found that shielding patients actually increases the risk of excessive radiation. How? Either by interfering with the technology that controls the amount of radiation you get or by ruining the quality of the images – which leads to doctors having to repeat X-rays.
We realize that not using lead aprons represents a substantial change in the way X-rays have been done in the past. But as a leader in the healthcare industry, we have a responsibility to follow procedures that are proven both safe and effective for you, our patients, based on the best research available today, and we take the responsibility very seriously.
The next time you visit our Radiology department for an X-ray, feel free to ask for a lead apron if you feel more comfortable wearing one. They are still required for the technologists conducting the imaging and for any support persons that would be in the room during imaging, as lead aprons remain an effective form of radiation protection for anyone in the room and not directly in the X-ray field. But whether you, the patient, wear one is up to you.
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With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.