CT Scans: How do you get your results?

My husband had r/c with neobladder last August, has to get scans every three months. He went last Friday for his latest one. It is now a week later and have not heard a thing about results. It was a holiday weekend and expected a bit of a holdup but now it's a week with no word. I guess that can be a good thing but was surprised the drs. office doesn't at least call and let you know. My husband requested a written report to be sent to us too but had to call today to see where it is and they said they were sending it (couldn't find his permission to send papers).

So it made me wonder, how do you all get your results after a scan? Does your dr. call? Do you have to call? Just curious how everyone else gets there info. afterwards?

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smb3,

I go to the records department at the hospital and get my results every time. That way, I know the results, and can prepare my questions.

The doctors' offices have to remember to check for the records, and the track record for my doctors has not been good.


Rick

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Thanks Rick! Do you think they call if they see a problem in report? We get it done at our local hospital and they give us the disc (so dr. doesn't get disc of scan until we set appt. with him) but they send the written report to dr. and to us. Just wondering if he'd call if he saw a problem.... Last time we had to call after we got the report about two things we thought were questionable; he said that he felt they were not that concerning but he'd re-check on next scan.

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smb3,

I have no doubt that you would get a call if a problem was noted. But the doctor may not have seen the report even though it may be available.

So I would call and confirm to trigger some action if it has not already been taken.


Rick

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Our doctor schedules an appointment 3-5 days after the scan to give us the results.
Cheryl

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My doctor also schedules an appointment the following week to go over the results.

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Most physicians schedule appointments with their patients to discuss results. It is a good routine to see discuss scan results, asking about symptoms, general exam and time for questions. If your doctor does not call I would keep calling and ask for results. Some offices will give you a copy of the report. If not I would go to the medical records dept. and keep copies for your files.

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I always have an office appointment scheduled approx a week after scan blood tests are called to my cell or home a message is left call office never results are given tomachine

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Thanks all for your replies! Interesting. I don't think our dr. ever called and scheduled an appt. right after scan. I think he wants us to see him but we have to do the appt. making or we don't hear from the office. Now that I think of it, don't know if they ever called after one of the scans. I know last time, I called the office because we had questions about it. We always request a written report sent to us when go to get the scan done, that way we can see it, look it over and not have to wait for the dr. Thanks again.

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i've learned you really have to be proactive in your own health care. need a result? got questions? have a special request? grab the bull by the horns and go after it!!!! :-)

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You hire a doctor to provide services. They should be provided at your convenience, not his, unless he has a really good reasons.

I have always scheduled my CT scans for the AM and within three hours an appointment with the doctor to have him review the results with me. That's what i request, and wherever I have been, the doctors have accommodated me!

There is no good reason why the Radiologists and then the oncologist need to have the print set around for days before they read them and input them into the computer. We get good service when we demand it.

HighlandGyy

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Our doctor schedules an appointment with us before the scan is even done to have both scan and then meet with him about a week after the scan was done. If I were you, I would call them and ask for an appointment to discuss the results.

Cheryl

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Highlandguy and Cher53 thanks for input. Yeah, we have the written report sent to urologist/surgeon but he doesn't call after getting them for some reason. We also get copy of report sent to us so we at least can see what's going on and for our own records. We get the scans done at our local hospital since it is much closer than the cancer center where my husband was treated. They then give us a disc of scan when we leave so we can give to our dr. I'll be calling this week to make appt. but am not thrilled with the way dr. deals w/ this stuff. Otherwise, he is one of best urologists/ surgeons and have recommended him highly. Some of the smaller stuff he needs to polish up on......

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SMN3,

Convenience is one thing, getting things done accurately, efficiently and in timely matter another.

Let me tell you about our system. I schedule a scan normally for 11 AM and then an appointment with my primary doctor for 2 PM.

At that time everything is in the computer. The two radiologists report on their findings, the interpretation of my Oncologist (and sometimes Pulmonologist, cardiologists, and Nephrologist) are all in the computer along with the scan. My primary doctors (or whoever orders the scan) ulls up the scan, goes over every detail with me. If I wish, he will printout a copy of the scan, and all the reports from the different doctors for me to take. If at any time I would like a report from a previous doctor visit or scan, I can plug in my ID to the computer and receive a copy of the record. If any of my other specialists feel it appropriate that i meet with them, they plug it into the computer and I receive both a mail and E-mail notice of the appointment.

With each appointment that I have with my doctor, there is a complete printout of all my 00medications and how they are to be taken, each of the doctor appointments that I have scheduled, and the diagnosis of all my medical conditions. I receive a complete printout with each appointment that I have.

I should point out that the appointment material is a new development, only perfercted several months ago. All the material of records of visits to doctors have been in forced for several years.

We live in a community with a population of about 100,000 population. Our clinic/hospital is about twice the size of a Mayo owned hospital/clinic in the same community. Our hospital is a teaching hospital that has about 700 doctors, researchcers, residents, and interns.

If we can have this kind of system, anyone can have it.

HighlandGuy

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Like highlandguy, I get results pretty much on the spot. My appt with my urologic oncologist is usually 1 hour after my scans and he has digital image access in his office. He reviews the scans and gives me his impression at the appointment. The official radiology report takes longer. I get mine through an online hospital portal for patients so the report may not be immediately available after approval by the radiologist, but seems to take about 3-4 weeks for me to get access to the "official" report. I find it very reassuring to have that same day service, but when the "official" report has minor differences it takes me about another day to communicate with my urologic oncologist to determine his thoughts. In my case these differences have revolved around small, probably insignificant, abnormalities outside the urothelial tract.

jj

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My 3 month scan results are reported during an appointment with my oncologist always scheduled ca. 2 days after the CT scan. In general, the results are reported to our medical group's electronic system within 24 hours. I almost always schedule a routine Coumadin check with my longtime primary care doctor so that I know the results before I see my oncologist the next day. Currently stage 4 in remission. Don't know how long this will last but I'm living. Next CT scan is during the 3rd week of September. Always some anxiety and realize that these feelings pre-scan will exist forever. Natural and to be expected but doesn't make it easier as many of you know.

You have the right as a patient to request an earlier result report. Go for it! Its agonizing to wait. Your medical team is supposed to serve you.

Leslie

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I go to USC/Norris Cancer Center and first they draw blood, then chest x-ray, then I go directly to X-ray for my CT, next my appt. with my surgeon all in the same building all in the same day. The radiologist reads the report immediately and my surgeon also looks at it and I know before I leave if everythings okay. I know when I leave and don't have any wait time. Of course, the report has not been written yet but they know if I'm all clear.

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Thanks everyone for your input!

Yes, I think if we went to the cancer hospital where dr. is affiliated, we would probably get it all in one day but we get the scans done at our local hospital because it is much closer and convenient. They then send report to dr. and give us the scan to give dr. for our next appt. So he has the report by now but hasn't called and I don't feel like we should have to call every time, we have. We are getting the written report in mail tomorrow so will have to see for ourselves what it says.......not gonna be too happy if there's any problems and didn't get a call!! Thanks for the responses!

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