FAQ for Physicians
- What are the OHIP guidelines for ordering examinations?Physicians must have a billing/provider number registered with OHIP. We need a duly completed requisition with a signature and relevant clinical information before we can proceed with the examination.
- What imaging services do you offer?Our services include:
- Ultrasound- General, Obstetric, Vascular and Musculoskeletal
- Bone Mineral Densitometry
- Mammography – Routine screening (OBSP) and diagnostic
- Nuclear Medicine
- Nuclear Cardiac
- Immigration Chest X-Ray (not covered by OHIP)
- Will the Radiologist be comparing to previous studies?For patients with previous history with us all studies are compared to their previouses. All our clinics are digitally connected and previouses done at any of our clinics are available. Where previouses were done at North York General Hospital, Leslie or Branson, our Radiologists are able to access these images since they are the same group that provides Radiology services at the hospital. However, inorder for this to be done, you need to indicate this on the requisition very clearly. Where previouses were done at any other hospital or clinic, we would require these to be made available to us in any media- film or CD.
- Is there a Radiologist available for consultation?We have 2-3 Radiologists available on site at 2 of clinics everyday and they will be happy to discuss any of your patients. Alternatively you can always reach the Radiologist by phone. Given the nature of their work there may be times they may be busy at the time of your call but will be able to return your call within the day.
- How soon will I receive a report?We have a Radiologist reporting studies on site or remotely every business day. For routine examinations a report is sent within 1-2 business days. For urgent and/or verbal reports, a report is sent out same day and could be as soon as within an hour of the examination being done, depending on the urgency.
- What are the OHIP guidelines for ordering BMD examinations?OHIP covers one baseline study per patient in their lifetime. For high risk patients, subsequent examination can be ordered every 12 months unless you have obtained written authorization from OHIP medical consultant. Second subsequent examination for low risk patients can be ordered after 36 months. Third and every subsequent examination for low risk patients can be ordered after 60 months. The 2002 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis in Canada document is available online at www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/167/10_suppl/s1
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