Select and Schedule the Best Exam for a Patient

Consult the ACR Appropriateness Criteria

The ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines developed to assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. These guidelines cover over 200 clinical conditions. To search for the best option for your patient, click here.

Schedule an Imaging Exam

Most imaging studies and procedures can be scheduled within five business days, and every attempt is made to find a day and time that is convenient for the patient. Urgent requests are scheduled as quickly as possible, usually within two days. 

An order signed by the requesting provider is required for all exams and should include:

  • MRN or patient name and DOB
  • Type of procedure
  • ICD-10
  • Referring/ordering physician name
  • Contact name
  • Contact phone number

Non-VUMC providers ordering a Diagnostic Imaging exam should complete our Order Form and fax it to (615) 322-0793. 

CT- or Ultrasound-Guided Procedure: Urgent/Same Day

To request an urgent CT- or ultrasound-guided procedure, contact the attending radiologist or nurse practitioner to discuss any procedures that need to be performed within 24 hours. The appropriate attending can be found through Synergy.

If the procedure is approved, VUMC providers should place a "consult for an image-guided procedure" order in eStar. Non-VUMC providers should complete our Order Form and fax it to (615) 936-3242. Once the order is verified, the schedulers will contact the patient or clinic as indicated on the order, to schedule the procedure. 

We can schedule urgent, same day procedures for VUMC inpatients 24/7 and for outpatients during regular business hours Monday through Friday. 

CT- or Ultrasound-Guided Procedure: Non-Urgent/First Available

To request a non-urgent CT- or ultrasound-guided procedure, VUMC providers should place a "consult for an image-guided procedure" order in eStar. Non-VUMC providers should complete our Order Form and fax it to (615) 936-3242. Most requests are sent to a radiologist or procedurals for approval prior to scheduling. If the procedure is approved, our schedulers will contact the patient or clinic, as indicated on the order, to schedule the procedure. If the procedure is denied, the radiologist or procedurals will contact the requesting provider to discuss the case. 

For scheduling questions, call (615) 343-4281, during business house Monday through Friday. 

IR Procedure: Urgent/Emergent/Same Day

To request an urgent IR procedure, page (615) 835-5105, which will be answered by the IR fellow on consults. If procedure is approved, a "consult to IR" order should be placed in eStar. The IR fellow will review the record, see the patient, and make a treatment plan. We can schedule urgent, same day IR procedures for VUMC inpatients 24/7 and for outpatients during regular business hours Monday through Friday. 

IR Procedure: Non-Urgent/First Available

To request a non-urgent IR procedure, VUMC providers should place a "consult to IR" order in eStar. Non-VUMC providers should complete our Order Form and fax it to (615) 936-3242. Most requests are sent to the interventional radiologist or procedurals for approval prior to scheduling. If the procedure is approved, our schedulers will contact the patient or clinic, as indicated on the order form, to schedule the procedure. If the procedure is denied, the interventional radiologist or procedurals will contact the requesting provider to discuss the case. 

For scheduling questions, call (615) 343-4281, during business hours Monday through Friday.