Ultrasound FAQ at Krislan Ultrasonix
Q: Why is Ultrasound done?
A: Ultrasound is excellent for non-invasively imaging and diagnosing a number of organs and conditions, without x-ray radiation.
Because high-frequency sound waves cannot penetrate bone or air, they are especially useful in imaging soft tissues and fluid filled spaces. Ultrasound can show fetal development, and bodily function like breathing, urination, and movement. Ultrasound is also extensively used for evaluating the kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, and blood vessels of the neck and abdomen.
Q: Will Krislan accept my insurance?
A: Krislan currently accepts Medicare, New Hampshire Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna Healthcare, Harvard Pilgrim, Martin's Point, and MaineCare. If your insurance is not on the list, let us know. We will be happy to contact your insurer to find out what your benefits are and work with you to minimize your out of pocket costs.
Q: What if I don't have insurance?
A: Krislan offers affordable discounts to cash paying customers.
Q: Are payment plans available?
A: Yes, Krislan is happy to offer payment plans. An arrangement must be set up in advance of the appointment.
Q: Will I be surprised with a bill 3 months down the road?
A: NO! Krislan firmly believes there should be transparency in healthcare costs. We will contact your insurance company prior to your exam and determine exactly what your benefits are and what, if any, out of pocket costs there will be. We will relay this information to you prior to your appointment. Payment for co-pays or deductibles that result from the exam will be expected at the time services are rendered.
Q: Do you accept Mastercard and Visa?
A: Yes, however, there is a 3% surcharge for those paying with a credit card.
Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: Either you or your physician's office can schedule an ultrasound appointment. We do require an order form to be filled out by the doctor's office and faxed to us prior to the exam. Phone: (603) 219-0204
Q: Where can my physician find an "Ultrasound Order Form"?
A: You can find our ultrasound order form (PDF) here.
Q: What is the "Preparation" needed for my Ultrasound Exam?
- Pelvic Non-OB—You must arrive for your ultrasound exam with a full bladder. Finish drinking 32 ounces of water one hour prior to your appointment time (example: If appointment is at 2:00 pm you must finish drinking by 1:00 pm). DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER.
- OB Less than 14 Weeks—You must arrive for your ultrasound exam with a full bladder. Finish drinking 32 ounces of water one hour prior to your exam time (example: If appointment is at 2:00 pm you must finish drinking by 1:00 pm). DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER.
- OB Greater than 14 Weeks—No preparation.
- Biophysical Profile—Have a meal or snack just prior to your appointment.
- Abdomen—Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You may take your usual medications with a sip of water in am.
- Abdominal Aorta—Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You may take your usual medications with a sip of water in am.
- Renal/Kidney—You must arrive for your ultrasound exam with a full bladder. Finish drinking 24 ounces of water one hour prior to your exam time (example: If appointment is at 2:00 pm you must finish drinking by 1:00 pm). DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER.
- No preparation needed for all other exams.
Q: Do I need to arrive early for my appointment?
A: Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out appropriate paperwork. Ultrasound exams usually take no longer than 45 minutes each.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located at 46 South Main Street in Concord NH, next to the Capitol Center for the Arts. See directions.
Q: Where do I park?
A: There are visitor parking spaces available in the parking lot in front of the building. If these are full, please use the metered parking spaces on South Main Street.
Ultrasound Exam Questions
Q: What is the Ultrasound Process like?
A: The process is very simple. Patient preparation involves removing any articles of clothing or jewelry surrounding the area to be imaged. In some cases, the patient may be asked to wear a patient gown. The patient is positioned by the sonographer on an examination table. The sonographer then sweeps a small device called a transducer back and forth against the skin to get an image of the area of interest. The best thing about an ultrasound is that you will not feel anything from the actual process; you can simply lie there and watch the images on the screen.
Q: What does the ultrasound transducer do?
A: The ultrasound transducer produces a stream of inaudible, high frequency sound waves which penetrate into the body and bounce off the organs inside. The transducer detects sound waves as they echo back from the internal structures. Different tissues reflect these sound waves differently. These waves are received by the ultrasound machine and turned into live pictures with the use of computers and software.
Q: How will I get the results of my ultrasound?
A: The results will be faxed directly to your doctor's office as soon as the radiologist has interpreted the scans and written his final report. This will be done in as timely a manner as possible.
HIPPA Privacy Questions
Q: What is HIPAA?
A: In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or the HIPAA was endorsed by the U.S. Congress. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provided the first nationally-recognizable regulations for the use/disclosure of an individual's health information. You can rest assured that Krislan ULtrasonix takes HIPAA compliance seriously and complies with all of the HIPAA requirements.