FAQs About Our Radiology Imaging Center

This Frequently Asked Questions page supplements our team’s service to you by providing an easy access option, available 24/7, for categories of information that imaging patients often need.

Elsewhere on this website, you will also find the different options for paying your bill, information on requesting your medical records, and a dedicated page of Insurance and Billing frequently asked questions.

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 where we conduct MRIs on Ashton Drive (Shipyard and Independence Extension) at 2800 Ashton Drive, Suite 102. Contact (910) 762-3882 for all locations.

We accept most patients by referral only, although we do accept self requesting screening mammography patients. Your doctor’s office can submit a referral to our office or you may bring your referral with you to your appointment.

Delaney Radiology 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.

It depends on the specific examination that you are scheduled for. Please call our scheduling department at (910) 762-3882 for exam preparation instructions.

Please call our scheduling department at (910) 762-3882 and inform that you need the earliest appointment available and we will gladly accommodate your special needs.

Between 15-30 minutes total.

It depends on the test.

Your ordering physician may give you a prescription prior to your exam.

The oral contrast will highlight your intestines/colon. The intravenous contrast will highlight your arteries and venous systems.

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.

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.

Between 30-60 minutes total.

It depends on the test.

Your ordering physician may give you a prescription prior to your exam.

Gadolinium is an intravenous contrast that is used to highlight your veins and arteries.

Between 15-30 minutes total.

There is minimal pain associated with a steroid/pain injection as lidocaine is used to numb the area of interest. The lidocaine will last a few hours.

Typically, there is at least a 3 month post-steroid wait for another injection.

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.