This question is often asked of a woman contacting Diagnostic Imaging Services to arrange a visit for a screening mammogram. Most everyone understands that a referral order is needed in order to complete a screening mammogram or any imaging test performed by our organization. But, what is a standing order?
Defining a standing order
Simply, if a health care provider such as a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has signed an agreement for a standing order with DIS, a woman can contact us directly to schedule an appointment without having the provider or their office send us the order or for the woman to physically bring it to us when she has her visit. Numerous providers in the area have signed standing orders with us, eliminating a step in the screening process.
At the time of making the appointment for a screening mammogram, we can look up your provider’s name and information to see if they have a standing order with us. If they do, that’s all it takes to arrange the screening. Simple. Easy. Convenient.
It’s important to understand that this for screening mammograms only. Any other exams that are diagnostic in nature such as a diagnostic mammogram or breast ultrasound must have a provider’s written order.
We are always happy to clarify any standing order questions with you or with the health care provider. Call 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390, or email us to arrange a screening mammogram and tell us the name of your provider. We will look in our records to see if your provider has a current standing order with us.
Screening and diagnostic mammography is performed at the following DIS locations:
- Metairie: 4241 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 100
- Marrero: 925 Avenue C
- Slidell: 1310 Gause Boulevard
- Covington: 71154 Highway 21
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