Resources, Pre-authorization & Radiation Dose Monitoring

For Patients

Pre-authorization from Health Insurance Company

Advance approval or referral is often required for expensive radiology studies by most payers. Also, many payers limit certain services (i.e., laboratory, radiology, etc.) to select sites. Our Admissions Office can help you and/or your physician to determine if the services you require will be covered by your insurance here at HUH. They will also assist you with the approval process. If you do not have any type of medical insurance, our Financial Counselors can evaluate your eligibility under an assistance program or arrange a payment plan with you. We also accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Admissions Office staff can be reached at (202) 865-1201.

Our accepted insurance plans are listed here.

Patient Financial Services

Department of Patient Financial Services is responsible for assisting patients with matters concerning Howard University Hospital Accounts. Patients or their representatives may call 202-865-3500 to speak to a financial services representative, or appear in person at the Patient Financial Services offices located at 2024 Georgia Ave, NW. (These offices are situated across the street from Howard University Hospital's front entrance.)

Visit, a website created by the American College of Radiology (ACR). tells you how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for the exams. The website contains nearly 200 procedure, exam and disease descriptions covering diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiation safety and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from the ACR and RSNA as well as other professional radiology organizations.

Monitoring Radiation Dosages

Patients interested in understanding or monitoring the radiation dosage by procedure can visit serveral onlineresources:

For Physicians and Medical Students

American College of Radiology

The 32,000 members of the American College of Radiology include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. For more than three quarters of a century, the ACR has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.   

The mission of the ACR is to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and medical physics by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.

Visit American College of Radiology online.

Interventional Radiology for Medical Students

Without a Scalpel: The Secret World of Interventional Radiology - a very inspiring documentary on Interventional Radiology. The video was produced by Isabel Newton, MD, PhD, Founder and Chairman of the Interventional Initiative, and Susan Jackson, MBA, RT(R)(CV), Founder and CEO of the Interventional Initiative. We find it to be a useful tool for communicating to medical students that there is no more impactful career than to be a radiologist!


Please contact Desta Golden at (202) 865-1576 to get the password.

About the Documentary

To learn more about this documentary, contact the producers:

Isabel Newton, MD, PhD
Founder and Chairman of the Interventional Initiative
Executive Producer of Without a Scalpel: the secret world of Interventional Radiology
(336) 407-0786

Susan Jackson, MBA, RT(R)(CV)
Founder and CEO of the Interventional Initiative
(510) 910-8669