THERMOGRAPHY: FUNCTIONAL VS. STRUCTURAL IMAGING

Many people are familiar with structural imaging such as ultrasounds, X-rays and mammograms. However, they aren’t as familiar with the thermography option. Thermography is a totally non-invasive option for breast and body screenings. It has been FDA approved since 1984 and is used as an adjunct to mammography for breast screenings.  This rapidly developing technology is used to detect and locate thermal abnormalities characterized by an increase or decrease found at....

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THE SHERLOCK HOLMES OF HEALTHCARE: ULTRASOUNDS AND THERMOGRAPHY

Ultrasound imaging and thermography are important aspects in healthcare – they definitely cover more than babies. Many diagnoses and treatment plans stem from ultrasound and thermography procedures.  Ultrasounds are used to see internal body structures, such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels and internal organs to find the source of a disease. Ultrasound works by using sound waves with frequencies that are higher than those audible to humans.

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SLEEP APNEA CAN BE A SYMPTOM OF SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS

Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography is now offering home sleep study kits. You may be asking yourself why a diagnostic imaging center is introducing sleep testing. The human body is kind of like the old children’s rhyme: “The knee bone is connected to the thigh bone.” There’s more of a correlation than one may think.

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AS TRANSPARENT AS FOG

Healthcare costs remain unknown upfront despite recent legislation enacted to be in effect Jan. 1, 2019. The Hospital Pricing Transparency Rule mandated that all hospitals publish their current standard charges online in a readable format. This pricing information is to be updated at least annually. Finally, as a patient and consumer, you can find out the cost of any and all charges for which you will be responsible.


Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography has always believed in transparency, publishing our prices without any hidden costs or uncertainty about the cost. We were curious to see how our pricing compared. Our staff looked online to see what others charge for their services. After many hours, what we found surprised us – because we couldn’t find anything! A few sites had “estimated” information, but the most current information was from 2014!


Another issue that made this search very confusing was the lack of uniformity between facilities. Although CPT codes are required for billing purposes universally, we found we could not access pricing information by using these codes. Often each facility had its own unique coding. Also, multiple names can be used for the same thing. For example, we found echocardiogram, heart echo and 2D echo, and one facility even had echocardiogram and then would call it an EKG, which are two different studies. How’s one to figure out the price?

Next, we tried our own insurance companies and shopped around. It was easier to identify a particular procedure, but many questions remained unanswered. Will there be an addition bill from a physician for interpretation or is the price all inclusive? If I need both legs examined, is the price doubled? The “prices” varied greatly in a 35-mile radius, but it was unclear if the price was the “sticker price” or the negotiated price between my insurance company and the provider, and if it was the price I will pay in full until I meet my deductible. The variation was so dramatic for the same test it seemed some of them had to be the sticker price.


One of our staff members is having an exam soon. She called the facility where it is to be scheduled but they would not give her a price in advance of the appointment. At the end of the day, we found very little transparency, a lot of confusion, redirection and frustration. Hopefully this will improve in the year, but this was supposed to be in effect Jan. 1.


Patient Choice Ultrasound and Thermography strives to provide competent, convenient and competitive care. We accept Medicare, Health Savings Accounts and Flex Accounts. We are always looking for ways to provide the best possible care with the least stress or concern to our patients.


KIM DAVIES, RDMS, RDCS, RVS

With 40 years in the field of ultrasound, Kim Davis, RDMS, RDCS, RVS, is the founder and CEO of PCU, 152 W. Tiverton Way in Lexington. PCU can be reached at 859-554-7360 or at www.patientchoiceultrasound.com.

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