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Do I Need a Script for This? Answering a Common Patient Question

Apr 15, 2024
Do I Need a Script for This? Answering a Common Patient Question

Ever wondered why some of the medical imaging procedures we offer require a script while others don't? It's a common question, and at Akira Medical Imaging + Wellness, we're here to shed some light on the topic. So grab a cup of tea, and let's dive in!

No Script Needed: Screening Mammograms

Let's kick things off with screening mammograms. If you're at average risk, asymptomatic (aka, aren't experiencing any breast concerns), or haven't had a mammogram with concerning findings in the past, you're in luck—no script needed! These routine screenings are essential for catching potential issues early and are typically recommended for women starting at age 40.

Script Needed: Diagnostic Mammograms

Now, onto diagnostic mammograms. These are ordered for patients experiencing symptoms or concerning findings and do require a script. Think of them as the investigators of breast health. If you're noticing anything out of the ordinary, like lumps or unexplained discharge, a diagnostic mammogram steps in for a closer examination, gathering all the necessary details to ensure your breast health is thoroughly assessed.

Script Needed: DEXA Scans

Next up, DEXA scans. These scans, used to assess bone health and screen for conditions like osteoporosis, require a script. If any of the following sound familiar, it might be time to chat with your primary care provider about getting a script:

  • Are you a man aged 70 or older (or 60 with certain risk factors)?
  • Are you a woman aged 65 or older?
  • Are you menopausal or postmenopausal with specific risk factors?
  • Have you experienced a bone fracture after age 50?
  • Have you lost over 1 inch of height in the last year?
  • Do you have unexplained back pain?
  • Are you using medications known to cause bone loss?

Script Needed: Breast Biopsies

When it comes to Core Needle Breast Biopsies (CNB), they're typically ordered after a suspicious mammogram and/or breast ultrasound finding. Our expert radiologists delicately extract a tiny tissue sample from the breast during the CNB procedure. This sample undergoes further, more detailed analysis to provide essential insights into your breast health. This procedure requires a script.

 Script Needed: Pelvic and Breast Ultrasounds

Pelvic and breast ultrasounds also require scripts. These procedures are usually ordered after concerning findings in other imaging studies, allowing for further investigation and diagnosis.

Outside of pregnancy, your provider may order a pelvic ultrasound to:

  • Establish whether a growth or mass is a fluid-filled or solid
  • Determine the cause of abnormal bleeding
  • View the structural composition of female reproductive organs
  • Diagnose unexplained pelvic pain
  • View placement of an IUD (intrauterine device)
  • Determine the cause of infertility

At Akira, we understand the importance of making the process as seamless as possible for our patients. That's why our dedicated team will work to obtain scripts and previous imaging studies, ensuring you have everything you need for a smooth healthcare journey.


So there you have it—our explanation of which of our services require scripts empowering you to take charge of your health. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you every step of the way!

Have that script ready? Request an appointment today!