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Welcome to the Radiology Patient Portal

 

Registration Desk

The Radiology Department is comprised of various modalities which perform diagnostic tests ordered by your physician. It may be as simple as a chest x-ray or a more invasive procedure such as an arteriogram of the brain. Radiologic technologists are the healthcare professionals that perform certain diagnostic exams independently or assist radiologists in the performance of invasive procedures. Radiologic technologists are the third largest category of healthcare professionals and are essential to providing quality patient care. All technologists within the Radiology Department must go through an approved educational program, comply with ethics standards, and pass a certification exam within their chosen discipline. Also, they must complete continuing education to maintain their certification. Click the Services Tab below for a brief description of the various modalities as well as support staff and phone numbers which comprise the Radiology Department.

UTMB Radiology offers state of the art imaging technology at two locations with free parking. For more information click on the Imaging Center locations.

Registration - This is the area of radiology that schedules exams for all modalities of the Radiology Department. Whether you are a patient or a physician calling to schedule an exam, this area assists all of your scheduling needs. The staff in this area can also help to determine co-pays with your insurance company and are knowledgeable in patient preparation instructions that may be necessary in order to complete your/patient testing.

To schedule or reschedule an appointment for any UTMB location please call (409)772-7150. For any other assistance or concerns, please contact manager Shonette Siverand at (409)772-2449 or mpsolis@UTMB.edu.

Director, Radiology Clinical Operations - This individual's role is to ensure efficient and effective patient care operations in Radiology. She is responsible for operations in the Radiology Department, as well as imaging centers in Pearland, League City, Texas City, and Friendswood. For any concerns about the Radiology Department, please contact Belinda Escamilla, Ed.D., RT (R)(CT) at bescamil@UTMB.edu.

Diagnostic Imaging - This modality is comprised of radiological exams such as Chest and Abdomen x-rays, extremity x-rays and select iodinated contrast exams. The technologists within this area are trained to produce high quality images while still maintaining the lowest possible radiation exposure to the patient. For any questions or concerns, please contact manager Daniel Fink, RT (R)(CT) at (409) 772-6923 or dwfink@UTMB.edu.

CT Scan - This area boasts the use of 64-slice scanners in several locations as well as dose reduction software which can decrease the amount of radiation a patient receives as much as 50% in certain exams. This equipment is ACR (American College of Radiology) certified, and must pass vigorous quality standards in order to achieve this certification. For any questions or concerns, please contact manager Daniel Fink, RT (R)(CT) at (409)772-6923 or dwfink@UTMB.edu.

MRI - This modality does not use ionizing radiation in order to produce images. These images are created utilizing radiofrequencies within a magnetic field. UTMB is proud to have a 3Telsa Magnet at the Victory Lakes location, with another 3 Tesla Magnet to be installed in the fall of 2011 at the Galveston location. Tesla refers to the unit of measure for magnets. Most magnets used in MRI are .6 to 1.5 Tesla, thus with our 3Tesla MRI units, the radiologists will have better, clearer pictures to diagnose patients. This equipment is ACR (American College of Radiology) certified, and must pass vigorous quality standards in order to achieve this certification. If you have any questions, please contact manager Susanne Spudis, RT (R)(MR) at (409)772-6942 or sspudis@UTMB.edu.

US - This modality in the Radiology Department uses sound wave "echoes" to produce images of the organs and other structures found in the body. There is no ionizing radiation exposure to the patient when this exam is performed. This equipment is ACR (American College of Radiology) certified, and must pass vigorous quality standards in order to achieve this certification. The Ultrasound Technologists at UTMB are required to have ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certification which ensures that our patients are being imaged by technologists who have met the highest quality standards of their field. If you have any questions, please contact manager Lenida A. (Molly) Lopez, RT, RDMS at (409)772-9195 or mlopez@UTMB.edu.

Mammography - This modality uses a low-dose x-ray to aid in early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases of both women and men. UTMB utilizes the two most recent advances in mammography, Digital Mammography and Computer-aided detection (CAD). Digital mammography utilizes solid state detectors which convert x-rays into electrical signals, which are then used to produce images of the breast. The radiologist as well as a computer search for abnormalities which may need further analysis. All mammography locations are ACR (American College of Radiology) certified, and must pass vigorous quality standards in order to achieve this certification. For questions or concerns about the Galveston location contact Dalael Wille, RT, RDMS at (409) 772-9195 or dawille@UTMB.edu. For questions or concerns about the Victory Lakes location, contact Dalael Wille at (832) 505-1708 or dawille@UTMB.edu.

Nuclear Medicine/PET CT - This modality uses radioactive material to either diagnose or treat a variety of diseases. Some of the common types of tests performed in this area help to identify inflammation in the gallbladder, visualize bloodflow and bloodflow problems of the heart, evaluate bones for fractures and even determine the presence or spread of cancer in various body parts. PET/CT scans are performed to pinpoint area of the body that have abnormal metabolic activity. This equipment is ACR (American College of Radiology) certified, and must pass vigorous quality standards in order to achieve this certification. If you have questions or concerns please contact manager Saba Tesfay at (409) 772-8008 or sgtesfay@UTMB.edu.

Vascular & Interventional Radiology - This modality is a growing area of medicine involving highly skilled team of physicians called Interventional radiologists who use image guidance (x-rays and other imaging modalities) to perform minimally invasive procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. These procedures are typically less invasive and easier for the patient because they involve small incisions, less risk and less pain to the patient and shorter recovery times which can often replace open surgical procedures. For any questions or concerns, please contact manager Natalie L. Kennie, RT(R) at (409)772-9148 or nlkennie@UTMB.edu.

To find out more information about radiology procedures visit RadiologyInfo.org. RadiologyInfo.org tells you how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for the exams. The website contains over 100 radiologic procedures and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the RadiologyInfo.org website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from the ACR and RSNA, as well as other professional radiology organizations.

fileroom

File Room - This area of the radiology department is responsible for maintaining the release of diagnostic images for all modalities of radiology. Because the Department of Radiology utilizes a PACS (Picture Archive Computer System) storage system, all of our radiology exams are stored digitally and can be reviewed by all of UTMB physicians from anywhere is the hospital. If your physician or surgeon is not affiliated with UTMB and needs to review the images from your exam performed in the radiology department, you would contact the file room for a copy (CD) of the images at (409) 772-1110. Any other questions or concerns please contact manager Anna Perez at (409) 772-1110 or (409) 772-9213 or by email at anperez@UTMB.edu

Medical Records

All patient health care information at UTMB is confidential. Therefore, medical records cannot be released to any person or organization without the consent of the patient or the patient's legally authorized representative (unless authorized by law).

Written Authorization

Requests for the release of medical records (protected health information) must be submitted in writing and must contain all the elements required by law. Authorizations must also be dated and signed by the patient or the patient's legally authorized representative. In the case of a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign the authorization.

When completing the HIPPA form you must present:

    Picture identification (i.e., driver's license).
    Type of exams you are requesting (CT, MRI, Mammography).
    Mammography will require 24-48 hours notice as these are stored in outside archive area and we must obtain them.
    Name and address, city, state and phone number of non UTMB doctor.

UTMB has an authorization form that can be downloaded.

    English and Spanish versions of this form are available. (for printing in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).) If you do not have the software to view and print this type of document, you can download the plug-in for free from the Adobe Web Site.

Or you may contact the Health Information Management (HIM) Department at (409) 772-1965 and HIM will email or fax the authorization form to you.

Submitting An Authorization

Completed authorization forms may be submitted to UTMB by mail or fax.

Mailing address:

    University of Texas Medical Branch
    Release of Information
    301 University Blvd.
    Galveston, TX 77555-0782
Fax number:
    (409) 772-5101

There are 2 locations to obtain a CD of your radiological images:

All CD's are DICOM formatted.

    UTMB
    301 University Blvd.
    Galveston, TX 77590
    409-772-1110

    UTMB
    2240 Gulf Freeway South
    League City, TX 77573
Processing Fees

A current fee schedule for disclosure of health care information is available on the UTMB Health Information Management Web Site. No fee is assessed when the information is being sent to another health care provider or is for a social security disability claim. Requests for medical record information for social security disability claims must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the Social Security Administration.

CD's may be obtained for personal use but there is a $15.00 charge for them. X-Ray film is available and the cost is $10.00 per page.

For More Information:

For further information about the release of medical information, contact the UTMB Health Information Management Department at (409) 772-1965.

 
UTMB's Department of Radiology is accredited by the American College of Radiology in: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine, and Ultrasound. It is also recognized as a Center of Excellence for Breast Imaging.
 
 
 
 
 

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