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Atlas Travel Medical Insurance Atlas America plan is a visitor health insurance policy designed to provide medical and travel benefits, as well as emergency travel assistance to take the risk out of international travelers visiting the USA. Atlas America insurance is available to individuals, families, and groups from over 180 countries. You get access to quality care and are protected against the costs that can incur from unexpected medical and/ or travel emergencies.
Laboratory test are tests on specimens from the body (such as blood or urine) that are used to diagnose medical conditions, provide health screenings and monitor treatment. Laboratory tests include blood tests, urinalysis, tests on tissue specimens, screening tests, and more. The results of laboratory tests can help doctors make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.
If you get a lab order from your doctor, you can have laboratory tests done in hospital labs, labs located in doctor’s offices, or independent laboratory facilities. Your physician may be able to collect specimens in the doctor’s office and send to a laboratory for testing. You can also take your doctor’s order to a medical laboratory for testing.
Hospitals have on-site laboratory services to serve outpatient, inpatient, or Emergency Room patients. Some hospitals have outpatient healthcare centers where patients can undergo clinical laboratory tests. There are other medical testing and laboratory facilities that are not hospital-affiliated. Independent laboratories range from large national chains to small local independent labs.
You can make an appointment with the diagnostic testing center for your lab tests. Many labs also offer walk-in services.
Medical imaging services use non-invasive imaging techniques to create images of different parts of the human body for diagnosis and treatment of certain medical conditions. They are valuable tools to help doctors diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries. Diagnostic imaging can be used to identify problems such as broken bones, heart conditions, breast cancer, blood clots, gastrointestinal conditions etc. Doctors can also use diagnostic radiology to monitor how your body is responding to treatment.
Diagnostic imaging use different kinds of imaging machines to look inside your body. The commonly used equipments are X-ray, ultrasounds, mammograms, CT Scans (Computed Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), PET Scans (Positron Emission Tomography), etc. These imaging equipments can be used separately or combined depending on the patient’s medical conditions. Some tests and imaging machines use low doses of radiation to create detailed images of an area.
If your doctor recommends diagnostic imaging tests to help determine the diagnosis and treatment of your medical conditions, you can go to a medical facility that provides imaging services to have your tests done.
Hospitals usually perform radiology services for all types of patient including outpatient, inpatient and emergency room. There are more than 7,000 freestanding imaging centers that are not hospital-affiliated. Hospital imaging services often are more expensive than freestanding imaging centers.
Medical imaging services usually involve a multidisciplinary team including radiologists, radiographers, biomedical engineers, nurses and other support staff to work together. Radiologists are doctors who specialize in analyzing and interpreting images created by various imaging machines, they can also treat patients with radioactive materials. Radiographers are technicians who operate the imagine machines.
Usually in non-emergency situations you need to make an appointment in hospital imaging centers or independent imaging centers. Hospital-based imaging services can be open 24/7 for emergencies.
For covered illness or injury, Atlas Travel medical Insurance pays for eligible expenses of diagnostic testing using radiology, ultrasonographic or laboratory services. Atlas policy’s coverage does not include psychometric, intelligence, behavioral and educational testing.
It is in your advantage to choose laboratory & imaging service providers from the insurance company’s Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) networks: FirstHealth Network or UnitedHealthcare Network. You are free to go to health care providers that are not in the PPO networks. More about how to locate a lab or imaging service provider in the US provider networks.