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Frequently Asked Procedures & Clinical Questions


Q. Where is your office located?

We have two imaging offices. Our main location is at 1025 Medical Center Drive, near New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We have a satellite office on Ashton Drive (Shipyard and Independence Extension) at 2800 Ashton Drive, Suite 102. Contact (910) 762-3882 for all locations. View our online directions.

Q. Do I need a doctor's referral to get a procedure done, including a mammogram or routine x-ray?

We accept patients by referral only. Your doctor's office can fax a referral to our office or you may bring your referral with you to your appointment.

Q. How can I get the results of my examination?

Delaney Radiologists will send your referring physician the results of your examination within 24-48 hours. Please allow 3-5 business days for your doctor's office to contact you with your results. All mammography patients receive by mail a results letter in easy-to-understand language usually within 3-5 business days.

Q. Do I need an appointment to have a chest x-ray?

No. We do not require that you schedule an appointment for routine x-rays--you may just come by when it's convenient for you. We do these exams Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm at our Medical Center Drive location only. All other exams including mammograms, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI, and DEXA (bone density) scans require a scheduled appointment.

Q. What Women's specialty exams are performed at Delaney Radiologists at MCD?

We perform routine screening and diagnostic mammography, pelvic and breast ultrasonography, breast MRI, and DEXA (bone densitometry, osteoporosis screening) examinations at this location. We have a separate Women’s Imaging Center within Delaney Radiologists at Medical Center Drive.

Q. I am scheduled for a pelvic ultrasound and was instructed to drink 32 ounces of liquids before arriving for my appointment. Does that have to be 32 ounces of water, or may I drink something else?

Please drink clear liquids (water, clear juice like apple juice, or decaffeinated tea). Limit caffeine. Do not drink carbonated beverages (the gas can interfere with good visualization with ultrasound).

Q. Why is it necessary to have a full bladder for a pelvic ultrasound?

The organs in your pelvic region are best visualized when your bladder is full. The full bladder serves as a sound "window" to clearly evaluate these structures.

Q. Why can't I wear deodorant or powder when I am scheduled for a mammogram?

Some types of deodorant and powders can make artifacts on your mammogram exam and obscure the anatomy. The technologist will have you remove your deodorant or powder before performing the exam.

Q. How long does it take to have a mammogram performed?

Most routine screening mammograms take 20-30 minutes. If you are having a diagnostic mammogram exam, these exams may require further workup with additional views and/or ultrasound and may require additional time.

Q. I am uncertain if I am pregnant and I am scheduled to have x-rays. Is this safe?

Depending on the exam requested, it may be necessary to reschedule your examination or for you to have a pregnancy test done to ensure that you are not pregnant. It is recommended that you not receive radiation during pregnancy unless deemed medically necessary by your physician and the radiologist.

Q. I am scheduled for an examination and was informed that I cannot have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before my examination. May I take my medication that morning before I arrive for my appointment?

It depends on the specific examination that you are scheduled for. Please call our scheduling department at 762-3882 for exam preparation instructions.

Q. I am diabetic and I am concerned because I was asked to not eat or drink anything after midnight.

Please call our scheduling department at 762-3882 and inform that you need the earliest appointment available and we will gladly accommodate your special needs.

Q. My doctor would like me to bring a copy of my x-rays to his office. How do I get copies of my films and report?

Call our film records department at 341-1840 or go online to request films, CDs or reports. CDs and most films do not have to be returned to our offices. We will let you know if there are original films which need to be returned to us, such as mammograms. We can make CDs and copies of films available for you to pick up or we can send them to your doctor, at your request. Your referring physician will receive the radiologist's report and may discuss the results with you. All films and CDs can be picked up at Delaney Radiologists at MCD at 1025 Medical Center Drive.

Q. Can I pick up x-rays for a friend or relatives?

Yes, as long as we have written permission from the patient. You must show photo identification and will be required to sign a release of health information form when arriving to pick up the x-rays.

Q. Why do I have to show identification to pick up x-rays?

Good business practice and confidentiality (and now government-mandated HIPAA regulations) require that the patient or designated person show photo identification and sign a release to obtain any patient health information. This is for the protection of our patients’ privacy.

Q. My 15-year-old child needs to have an x-ray examination. Do I need to be present for the examination since she is a minor?

Authorization is required for minors (under age 18) to have exams performed. Verbal or written authorization is acceptable for minors if you cannot be present during the examination.

Q. My doctor would like me to bring a copy of my images to his office. How do I get copies of my images and reports?

Call our medical records department at 341-1840 or go online to request a CD or report. CDs do not have to be returned to our offices. We will let you know if there are original images which need to be returned to us, such as mammograms. We can make CDs for you to pick up or we can send them to your doctor, at your request. Your referring physician will receive the radiologist's report and may discuss the results with you. CD`s or report can be picked up at Delaney Radiologists 1025 Medical Center Drive.

Delaney Radiologists at MCD
1025 Medical Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-3882