Diagnostic Imaging Orders

Diagnostic imaging (DI) orders can present unique challenges. Clinical decision supports (appropriateness guides) may be embedded and require additional information about the indications or urgency of a requested study.

Procedures Performed at a Different Facility

Some outpatient orders for "special" DI studies (e.g., CT, MRI) are handled differently depending upon whether the investigation will be performed at an AHS facility (with the order managed through Connect Care) or performed at a community (non-AHS) site using a non-Connect Care information system.

Interventional Radiology Orders

Many diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed in diagnostic imaging, with the more complex ones flagged as interventional radiology (IR) procedures. However, there may be alternate routes to similar procedures performed in other settings. 

It is important to consider this possibility and to look for "DI" or "IR" as part of the order name when the intent is to have the procedure performed by an interventional radiologist. It is also important to look for these orders in the "Procedure" section of order search results.

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