What Happens After Your Imaging Exam

Jun 16, 2015

After your imaging exam, the technologist who helped with your scan takes the images and prepares them for the radiologist. A subspecialty radiologist (medical doctor) reviews, or “interprets,” the images from your exam, noting areas of concern or interest.

Additionally, if you had prior imaging exams or tests, the radiologist will compare the images and correlate findings to make an accurate diagnosis. The radiologist will recommend further scans or treatments, if necessary. Finally, the radiologist dictates a report for your referring healthcare provider.

Reports are sent to your provider within 24 hours after your exam. However, if the radiologist finds something critical, urgent or unexpected, the radiologist notifies your provider immediately. Suburban Imaging has several policies and workflows in place to ensure that results get properly communicated.

Your healthcare provider will inform you of your imaging exam results. Depending on your provider’s schedule, it may take several days for you to learn your results. 

You may request your imaging records from us, but as a courtesy to your referring provider, we generally release your information five days after your exam. You can request your records via our website by completing an online form; records can be mailed, fax or picked up in person at any Suburban Imaging clinic (you will need a photo ID).


The radiologists and all of our staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality imaging services to all patients and healthcare providers.

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