HMO, POS, or DPOS Members

Remember: You must visit your primary care physician’s (PCP) designated radiology site. Log in at to see your PCP’s designated radiology sites. Click My Care, then My Provider Information. Or you can contact your PCP for this list.

Freestanding Radiology Providers

As an Independence Blue Cross (Independence) member, you have alternatives to the hospital when seeking radiology services. It is important to note that some radiology services may require PDF iconprecertification.

PPO Members

You may visit a freestanding radiology provider if you have an order from your physician for routine radiology services as well as for radiology services that require precertification.

What Is a Freestanding Radiology Provider?

A freestanding radiology provider is not owned or jointly owned by a hospital or health system. With several locations throughout the Independence service area, they are easy to access.

Use our Find a Doctor tool to find a radiology site: Click the link, enter “radiology” in the search bar at the top, and select “Freestanding Radiology Facility” from the suggestions.

The Value of the Independence Network

Radiology providers in our network agree to provide services to Independence members at negotiated rates. You should always use an in-network radiology provider in order to maximize your benefits. If you have a plan with a deductible or coinsurance, it is beneficial for you to use the least costly site of service, as shown in the chart below.

The chart below shows examples based on average costs and is for illustrative purposes only.

($=lower cost; $$$=higher cost)
Procedure Freestanding Radiology Hospital
Chest x-ray
MRI of the knee

Questions about your care choices?

Call 1-800-ASK-BLUE (1-800-275-2583).