RAMQ covered ultrasounds

After lengthy negotiations between the Government of Québec and Radiologists, the QEHC is pleased to announce that it is now offering RAMQ-covered ultrasound services to the public. The addition of this modality completes a long list of imaging services offered to the community by the Digital imaging center in our not-for-profit Complex.

QEHC announcement regarding ultrasounds

January 20, 2017

The Government has decided that, as of December 29, 2016, ultrasound exams in private imaging clinics will be covered by RAMQ.

As no agreement has yet been reached on fees associated with ultrasound and administrative costs, QEHC radiologists have recently decided to collaborate with the Association of Radiologists of Québec in waiting for an agreement to be signed with all private radiology clinics before resuming ultrasound examinations.

As such, ultrasound exams which have already been booked at the QEHC will be honoured , however the QEHC will no longer be able to schedule ultrasound examinations until the fees are established.

Please note, however, that as the QEHC is an Accredited Breast Cancer Detection Center, appointments for breast ultrasounds will continue to be scheduled, to accommodate patients who require follow-ups to their mammograms.

RAMQ announcement regarding ultrasounds

As you may be aware, the government has announced that all ultrasounds will be covered by R.A.M.Q., effective January 1, 2017.

Unlike most private radiology clinics, which are refusing to perform ultrasounds unless there is a fee-for service, the QEHC is pleased to announce that in keeping with the government directive and the QEHC’s determination to provide the community with accessible services patients are welcome to schedule ultrasounds upon presentation of a physician’s referral and a valid Medicare card.

As always, an appointment is necessary for ultrasound exams.

Mammography training

We typically assume that one mammogram is the same as the next. Although the technology may be the same, one study published on August 24, 2016 in the publication Academic Radiology, indicated that extensive continuing education for technicians has a big impact on the successful detection of breast cancer. The relationship between continuing education and successful detection stemmed from higher positioning quality. Essentially, the better the equipment’s positioning, the higher the quality of the image, which then makes detection easier.

 

Quebec has a mandated 7 hours of positioning training for practicing technicians. The study found that technicians with more than 15 hours of training performed statistically better than those with under 15 hours of hands on positioning training. Ultimately, the study concluded that additional training “appears to offer one of the best approaches to improve mammography positioning quality.” (Source: http://www.healthimaging.com/topics/womens-health/breast-imaging/%E2%80%98extra%E2%80%99-technologist-training-improves-mammography-quality)

 

At the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex, we are firm believers in the notion that technology needs to go hand in hand with a well-trained team. We pride ourselves on the continuing education programs for our technicians, practitioners and support staff. Our team interfaces directly with the treating physicians and that is a responsibility that we do not take lightly.

 

General Information for Mammograms:

Generally, mammograms should be performed every two years for the best chances of breast cancer detection. Although most commonly associated with breast cancer detection, mammograms can detect other deformities or problems within the breast. Ultrasounds can be used after mammograms to delve further into the findings of the initial examination to determine if further intervention is required.

 

At the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex the cost of a mammogram is covered by the RAMQ. For more information or to make an appointment  please call 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

X-rays and osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that can slowly creep up on us. Susan Schwartz of the Montreal Gazette recently wrote about her diagnosis of osteoarthritis in both knees. She wrote about the notion of taking so many things for granted, things as simple as walking without pain. The newfound and consistent discomfort made her appreciate days when the pain subsided and when she could walk around unencumbered.

Her pain started with what could be described as mild discomfort. As most of us tend to do, she waited for that discomfort to subside. This time, however, the pain did not subside and instead became increasingly more prominent. She visited her doctor and her x-rays indicated that osteoarthritis was starting to set in. Although her diagnosis was discouraging, she began immediately to schedule follow-up appointments to proactively take charge of her health. She is preparing for life with this disease and although she is concerned as to what her future will look like, she isn’t letting that worry impede her from taking the steps that she needs to help her deal with the diagnosis. (source: http://montrealgazette.com/life/sidelined-by-knee-pain-from-life-as-i-know-it)

Like her, many of our patients come in when something just isn’t fixing itself. Our team coordinates with their treating doctors to best take advantage of the many diagnostic tools available here. Together we take a proactive approach to the diagnosis and if necessary, its treatment.

X-rays are fully covered by the RAMQ and we facilitate all the administration on your behalf. For more information, or if your physician has referred you for an x-ray, please call us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM and  7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.