Radiology is one of the most dynamic fields in medicine, with new technologies and techniques being introduced faster than ever before. That is why you want to be sure that the radiologist interpreting your radiology exam is a highly trained and specialized physician.
Many people believe that their doctor interprets the images created by a radiology exam. This typically is not the case. When your doctor orders a radiology exam, images or pictures of your body will be produced. A radiologist will interpret these images and provide a written report for your doctor, who in turn will discuss the results with you. Since the report will likely influence the healthcare you will receive, it is important to have an experienced, board-certified radiologist interpret your medical images. All of our radiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology or American Osteopathic Board of Radiology and many have participated in a Fellowship program for additional training and/or have obtained a Certificate of Added Qualification in a given sub-specialty.
Where your doctor sends you for your radiology examination will likely determine who will interpret your images and prepare the report for your doctor. Advanced Radiology Services provides services at multiple locations across Michigan. If you want the confidence of knowing that one of our radiologists will read and interpret your medical images, ask your doctor to send you to one of locations served by Advanced Radiology Services.
Advanced Radiology Services offers a comprehensive list of radiology services within the healthcare facilities we serve. For a detailed description of the more common radiology exams, please visit the American College of Radiology.
Q: What is Radiology?
A: Radiology refers to the branch of medicine using x-rays, radiopharmaceuticals, magnetic resonance and ultrasound to create images (pictures) of the body that are used to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury. Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that uses medical imaging to diagnose and guide the treatment of medical conditions throughout the body percutaneously (via needle-puncture of the skin). Many of the procedures now performed by interventional radiologists have eliminated or reduced the need for surgery.
Not all radiology procedures involve the use of ionizing radiation, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance. Examinations that do require ionizing radiation are performed at closely monitored levels considered safe. The use of ionizing radiation in children is a special concern and one which our pediatric radiologists have addressed with stringent protocols to minimize dose while maintaining exam quality.
Q: What is a Radiologist?
A: A radiologist is a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine who has completed college, medical school, and a residency program in radiology and is specifically trained to interpret medical images. The radiologist provides a written report to the patient's referring physician. This helps the patient's doctor determine a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
All of our radiologists at Advanced Radiology Services are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology or American Osteopathic Board of Radiology. Many have completed additional subspecialty training by participating in a Fellowship program beyond their residency and/or have obtained a Certificate of Added Qualification in their respective subspecialty.
Q: What kinds of medical imaging techniques are used in radiology?
A: A number of techniques and procedures are used to capture medical images. X-rays have been used for over 100 years and remain the most familiar and most widely used form of medical imaging. Over the decades, radiology has advanced and evolved into a high-tech science using state-of-the-art equipment and new diagnostic and interventional procedures. Some of the most commonly used radiology techniques include X-ray, Angiography, Fluoroscopy, Mammography, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Bone Densitometry (Dexa-Scan). For a description of these techniques, please see our services page.
Q: How are the patient's medical images viewed and stored?
A: As the practice of radiology continues to advance, so does the way medical images are viewed and stored. Until recently, medical images were developed on film. Today, with the advances in computer technology, radiology is turning to PACS, (Picture Archiving and Communication System) which enables the images to be interpreted, stored and distributed as digital files.
This new technology allows multiple medical images to be sent directly to a computer screen where a radiologist can assemble the images into sequence for interpretation. PACS enables the radiologist to manipulate the images, to maximize diagnostic information, and to provide 3-dimensional reconstructions. It also allows real time consultation between the radiologist and referring physician.
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Q: Iʼve never been to Grand Rapids, why am I getting a bill from you?
A: The billing office is based in Grand Rapids; however our radiologists serve facilities throughout Michigan.
Q: Why am I getting a bill from you?
A: Advanced Radiology Services bills for the professional services performed by our radiologists, this includes reading your image(s) such as X-ray, CT, MRI, and interventional care.
Q: Who authorized your services?
A: The hospital or facility where you had your procedure authorized the services. Hospital policy requires that a staff licensed radiologist perform diagnostic services.
Q: Why am I receiving multiple bills?
A: You may have had more than one procedure. Depending on the processing order of insurance payments, this may result in more than one bill.
Q: Why didnʼt my hospital bill cover this?
A: The hospital bill is for the technical component, which covers the cost of the equipment and facility expenses. Our bill is for the professional (physician) component, which covers the cost of the radiologist reading the image or performing interventional services.
Q: How can I confirm this service was performed?
A: If you have questions about a service, please contact customer service at (800) 521-0018.
Q: I gave my insurance information to the hospital, why do you also need it?
A: We make every attempt to obtain this information from the hospital/facility. In some instances, your most current insurance information may not have been received.
Q: Why did my insurance reject this service?
A: Typically, this may be due to member eligibility, benefit level, or other contract terms or requirements. Your insurance company may need additional information from you to process the claim. Please contact your insurance company for further explanation.
Q: Can you re-bill my insurance company?
A: Our standard procedure is to submit claims to the insurance company for payment prior to sending a bill to our patients. Please check the bottom of your statement for messages regarding this bill. You may need to follow up with your insurance company to settle the claim.
Q: Why was I billed for a workersʼ compensation claim?
A: Please contact our office or have your employer contact customer service at (800) 521-0018 to confirm we have the correct and complete information for billing. We will need to have your date of injury, claim number and workers’ compensation insurance name and address.
Q: Will my insurance company apply this balance to my co-pay or deductible?
A: Please check your Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for co-pay and deductible amounts. You may request an EOB from your insurance company.
Q: Why do I have a payment of $0.00 on my Blue Cross Blue Shield bill?
A: This may indicate the bill was applied to your co-pay or deductible. For more details on your deductible amount, please contact your insurance company.
Q: Do you offer financial assistance?
A: Dependent upon the situation, we may be able to offer financial assistance. This is reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact customer service at (800) 521-0018 for details.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A: We do offer a monthly payment plan; this is reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact customer service at (800) 521-0018 to determine eligibility and arrangements.
Q: Why did I receive a bill after sending in payment?
A: Thank you for your payment. It may take up to two weeks to receive and process payments. If it has been longer than this, and you are still receiving bills please contact customer service at (800) 521-0018.
Q: Iʼm on a payment plan, why did I get a bill?
A: Please check to confirm you are current with your payment plan. Payments not received timely can result in additional correspondence.
ONLINE PAYMENT QUESTIONS
Q: Is there a fee to pay my bill online?
A: Online payment is a service we provide at no charge.
Q: How do I get a receipt for my FLEX/HSA when I pay my bill online?
A: In most instances, your credit card statement along with your billing statement from Advanced Radiology Services will be sufficient documentation. If you provide an e-mail address when making your online payment, you will also receive an electronic receipt. In addition, you may print a copy of your confirmation page once the online payment has been approved. If you would also like an itemized bill, please contact customer service at (800) 521-0018.
Q: What if I want to pay multiple accounts at once when Iʼm paying online?
A: In the comments area, please include the account numbers and a breakdown of the amount you would like to pay on each account.
Q: I have questions that werenʼt covered here; how do I get the answers I need?
A: Please contact customer service at (800) 521-0018.