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Billing, Payments and Insurance

Exam prices vary by procedure. CMI is one of the most cost effective centers in the region. Our pricing is consistently lower than every major hospital in the region, and other outpatient imaging facilities. Please contact us at 503-292-9108 and our staff will gladly provide you with a cost overview of your specific exam prior to your study.

Most plans do require prior authorization for certain types of exams. You may call the number on the back of your insurance card and they can answer any question regarding what your plan covers and requires. You may also contact CMI at 503-216-8436  or 503-216-8447 and we can assist you in determining if your plan requires prior authorization for your exam.

We do not collect a co-pay at the time of your exam. For this reason, CMI first submits a claim to your insurance plan(s) after your exam has been completed and the results have been provided. Your insurance plan examines your claims history and informs CMI as to what portion of the exam charges, if any, need to be billed to you. This is driven and accounted for entirely by your insurance plan.

CMI accepts virtually all insurance plans, however, we may not be preferred providers for all plans. Our billing and insurance personnel are available to assist you with any questions. Please call us at 503-292-9108 with the information on your insurance card. (add hyperlink to Accepted Insurance Plans)

Yes, please contact us at 503-292-9108 and we can offer a flexible payment plan that will meet your needs.

Yes, CMI will submit your claim directly to the insurance company on your behalf. We also bill secondary insurance when you are covered by more than one medical plan. Once we have received payment from all contracted plans, you will receive a billing statement for any balance not covered by insurance.

Anyone is welcome here at CMI; if you do not have insurance, our billing department will work with you to find an arrangement that will satisfy all parties.

Please contact us at 503-292-9108. Our billing office hours are Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 3:45pm. Or you may e-mail us any time at ORTRGBillingOffice@providence.org (Please allow 24 hours for a response to your e-mail inquiry).

General Patient Question

We have high field short-bore MRI Scanners that are open on both ends and are bright and comfortable. Our scanners are high field 1.5T and 3.0T magnets to assure we are providing the best in image quality. What sets us apart from most facilities is our experienced and friendly MRI staff that is here to support you throughout the exam. You are always welcome to come in and preview our scanners before you make your appointment.

Each exam has a specific protocol and time associated with that protocol. In general, MRI exams can take anywhere from 45 – 90 minutes; CT exams can take 30-60 minutes; Ultrasound exams can take 45-60 minutes; Screening Mammogram exams can take 15-30 minutes; and X-Ray exams can take 15-30 minutes

Some procedures require you to have a driver for your safety. When the appointment is made, you will be told if a driver is needed.

Most exams will require you to change into scrubs or a gown depending on the area being scanned and the type of imaging being performed. This is to ensure patient safety and that there are no artifacts or shadows affecting the diagnostic quality of the images. Please note a lot of athletic apparel have metallic threads that react with the MRI Magnet. Keyed lockers will be provided for secure storage of your clothing and valuables.

We ask you to show up about 15 minutes early for your exam in order to ensure enough time to fill out the necessary paperwork, answer any questions you may have, finalize procedure details (i.e. make sure that you are safe to go into the MRI, pacemaker free, etc.); and to help you get comfortable before your exam begins.

Medical Records / Results of Exam

Generally not, your results are forwarded to your physician(s) within 24-48 hours. It is very important for your physician to compare our conclusions with his or her clinical findings in order to present you with a complete diagnosis.

Yes. You will need to fill out a release form and pick up a copy of your images in person. HIPPA regulations prevent us from mailing your images and/or report to your home. Please contact our medical records department at 503-216-0669 for more details.

That is no problem. You can simply let us know at the time of your exam which other doctors you are going to see and when you have a follow up appointment. We will make sure that the doctor gets a copy of your report as well as the images if needed.

Please contact our medical records department at 503-216-0669 and provide your physician’s name, address and phone number and we will be happy to send your images and report either electronically or via our respected and dependable courier service at no additional charge to you.

We maintain images and reports from your exam(s) in accordance with state laws, in most cases, for a minimum of five to seven years.

Radiologists

A radiologist is a medical doctor who has chosen to specialize in the field of imaging for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. After completing an internship, a radiologist undergoes an additional four or more years of specialized training in medical imaging. The most important task of a radiologist is to interpret the data from your procedure and combine that information with the clinical findings of your doctor. We commonly refer to this process as a “reading.” The goal of the reading is to provide your physician with a clearer picture of what is happening inside your body. The radiologist evaluates the images and provides a report of the findings to your physician(s).

Not all radiologists are the same. At The Center for Medical Imaging, each radiologist is recognized as a specialist in one particular area of the body. Our radiologists are experts and valued consultants to your doctor. Because of their experience and skill, they can ensure that your exam is performed quickly and appropriately. The result is accurate and decisive images and interpretations.

Yes. All CMI radiologists are board-certified by the American Board of Radiology, which means they have completed a radiology residency and examinations, and they participate in ongoing educational programs. In addition, many of our radiologists hold fellowships in subspecialties like neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, abdominal imaging, women’s imaging, head and neck, and so on

Not always. Your primary contact will probably be with one of our technologists who will perform your exam. Some exams require the direct supervision of a radiologist, while others are performed completely by the technologist and reviewed afterwards by our radiologist.

Many of our CMI physicians sub-specialize in one or two areas of imaging. This means that in addition to their completion of their radiology residency, they have completed an additional training, or fellowship in a specific body part or disease type. Subspecialty training gives our radiologists a greater breadth and depth of knowledge that benefits our patients.

Our sub specialty expertise includes:

  • Body imaging
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Musculoskeletal radiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Neuroradiology
  • Pediatric imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular and interventional radiology

Technologists

A technologist is a person specially trained to operate the diagnostic imaging equipment and to position patients to achieve the clearest images possible. While technologists are not medical doctors, they do work closely with radiologists in reviewing patient histories, presenting histories and preliminary films to the radiologist, and making sure all patients are as comfortable as possible

Yes. CMI employs only registered technologists who specialize in a particular area (or modality) such as MRI, mammography, or CT.

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