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Safety and Preparation Guidelines for Patients

If the instructions are not adhered by, procedure will be rescheduled for a later date.

Note: Women should always inform their doctor and the radiology center if they are or may be pregnant.

MRI/MRA Scans

Do not wear hair pins, hair weaves, eye makeup or jewelry on the day of your appointment.

No preparations for non-contrast exams except for prostate.

MRI/MRA Scans with contrast:

Do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to scanning. Can take usual medication with a sip of water.

Notify your doctor and the radiology office if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Iodine allergy and/or had a reaction to contrast in the past
  • Pacemaker
  • Defibrillator
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Clips in brain
  • Hearing implants/any other implants
  • Prosthetic devices
  • Breast tissue expander

Prostate MRI:

Contact the center for a specific preparation guidelines.

Claustrophobic patients should speak to their doctors to establish if they should be given oral sedation (to be prescribed by their doctor) or to be able to search for an appropriate machine

Mammogram

Avoid deodorant, perfume, powder and oils on or around the breast area

Bone Density (DEXA Scan)

Avoid all calcium, B12 or Multivitamins 24 hours prior to the examination.

Ultrasound Exams

No preparations for ultrasound exams except for abdominal and pelvic related ultrasound.

Abdominal/Gall Bladder Ultrasound:

  • Do not eat or smoke 6 hours prior to exam. Only water is fine.
  • Medication may be taken with a small amount of water.

Pelvic Ultrasound and Renal Ultrasound:

A full bladder is essential for these examinations. Drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to appointment. DO NOT URINATE. You may eat regular meals prior to your procedure.

CT/CTA Scans

Do not wear hair pins, hair weaves, eye makeup or jewelry on the day of your appointment.

No preparations for non-contrast exams.

CT/CTA Scans with contrast:

  • Do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to scanning. Can take usual medication with a sip of water.
  • Arrival time prior to appointment varies for any abdominal related CT Scans. Make sure to confirm with the center.

Notify your doctor and the radiology office if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Iodine allergy and/or had a reaction to contrast in the past
  • A history of heart disease
  • Defibrillator
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid problems

Patients receiving Intravenous Contrast and have any of the following should have their kidney function tested prior to the exam:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease/condition
  • Or are over the age of 60

X-Ray

No preparations for all X-Ray exams

Coronary Calcium Score

No caffeine 12 hours prior; Not covered by most insurances. Please confirm information with center

Fluoroscopy Exams

G.I. Series:

Absolutely nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

Barium Enema:

  • Clear liquid diet the day before the exam. You may have water, black coffee or black tea. No solid food. No dairy.
  • Take either 2oz of Castor Oil or 4oz of Neoloid at 6:00 PM the night before the exam.
  • Take a Fleet Enema on the morning of the exam.
  • DO NOT EAT BREAKFAST ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM

Intravenous Urogram (IVP):

  • Regular diet the day before the exam.
  • Take either 2oz of Castor Oil or 4oz of Neoloid at 6:00 PM the night before the exam.
  • DO NOT EAT BREAKFAST ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM