FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the common uses of an MRI?
For a more comprehensive evaluation of tumors of any type, bone lesions or muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints of all types like: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot, jaw, etc.
In the assessment of the arteries and veins in the heart area, central nervous system, including the brain or spinal cord, diseases of the eyes, ears, sinuses, mouth and throat.
In diseases that are difficult to diagnose that involve structures of the chest or abdomen, including heart, lung, breast Glandules, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, uterus, ovaries, prostate, etc.
What are the common uses of a PET scan?
In oncology, which is the area where it is used, this type of imaging study is mainly used to:
- To distinguish a lesion as benign or malignant
- Determine the extent of spread of the disease throughout the body
- Assess the response of the therapy administered
- Detect disease recurrence
Many cancers can be evaluated with PET/CT with FDG, some of the main cancers that commonly require this type of study are: Lung, Lymphomas, Colon, Melanomas, Head & Neck, Breast, Esophageal and Thyroid cancers.
A PET/CT can also be used in cardiology and Neurology.
How much does it cost to have a PET/CT or MRI?
The cost varies from study to study, there are many factors that come into play in order to determine a specific cost, the best path to take is by calling us directly, and one of our patient coordinators will help with all your questions.
How long will the process take?
Usually we are talking about a 2 hour process from the time the patient registers until the study is done; the results will be given that same day.
What are the requirements needed to have an imaging study done?
They vary from patient to patient, and each study has a different set of requirements, we encourage you to call us so that we can explain each of the requirements needed.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we work with most major credit or debit cards
Do you need to have a Medical Order to get an imaging study done?
Yes, it is of the upmost importance that you bring a medical order from your attending physician otherwise we cannot proceed with your appointment. In case you don’t have a medical order, you can always have one prescribed by our medical staff (Ultrasound or MRI only) you would just need to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
What are your hours of operation?
In Spanish: 1 (619) 324-7750
Toll Free from the U.S.:
1 (888) 529 9016
Who integrates your current medical staff?
Our medical staff is comprised of 1 Radiologist Oncologist, 1 Internist/Rheumatologist, 3 General Physicians, and 3 Radiology Technicians.
Can I take a companion with me?
Yes, you can bring with you up to 2 adult companions. We do not recommend that you bring children as companions.
What type of specialty imaging studies can you provide?
Our state of the art imaging systems are capable of providing 8 specialty imaging tests: Cardiology, Pediatrics, Oncology, Neurology, Breast, Traumatology, Angiology, and Spectroscopy.
How do I get to Scantibodies Facilities?
If coming from the east county:
You should take CA-94 E, Follow CA-94 E/Campo Rd. Take a right on Hwy 188; this should take you to the Tecate border. A couple of blocks from the US/Mexico border, you will find a parking lot where you could leave your vehicle if you should decide too, just across from the parking lot is a bank named Rabo Bank. Once you leave your car at the parking lot, make your way to the border (two blocks) you will see a sign that reads TC Worthy. This is a small shopping center, once you pass it you will walk to through the turnstiles that will take you to Mexico.
Once you cross to Mexico you will see the immigration offices on your right there you will go in and get a tourist permit (you must inform the custom agent how many days you will be in Mexico), then you will see a check point with a traffic light, you will push the button and if you get a green light you will then continue to the patient pick up point, if you get a red light, the immigration officers will ask if you have anything to declare (please remember that all type of hand guns are illegal in Mexico), once they clear you continue to the patient pick up point.
Once you arrive at the patient pick up point you should see a Blue Honda Odyssey van, in case you don’t see our shuttle please contact us at 619-324-7750. We will then contact the driver to check his current location, sometimes they need to move as it is a Federal Government Zone.
The drive from the border to Scantibodies Imaging & Therapy should take approximately 15min; our drivers usually take the Tecate/Tijuana Hwy to avoid traffic.
Once your visit has finished our driver will take you to the patient drop off point, there you will cross the street and follow the signage to the US Border.
There certain items you need to bring with you, below you will find a quick check list:
- Valid US Passport
- Your Medical Records
- An imaging procedure order from your attending physician (if applicable)
- Medication if you are currently under treatment, make sure the prescription printed on the container has your full name.
- You may want to bring some cash in case you decide to purchase something in Mexico (eg. Medications, souvenirs, etc).
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