Exam Preparations

In general, if you have prior images from an outside imaging exam, these would be useful to the interpreting radiologist so that he/she may make a comparison.  Outside images can generally be obtained on a CD and brought with you at the time of your exam. 

You will be provided with screening worksheets/questionnaires prior to specific imaging exams.  Please let our front desk staff know if you have any questions or concerns. 


MRI Exam Preparation

Alert the technologist of any metallic devices

    • Pacemaker (make, model, serial # - bring implant card)
    • Nerve stimulator
    • Drug infusion device, insulin pump
    • Artificial heart valve
    • Cochlear implants
    • Hearing aids
    • Vascular stents
    • Aneurysm clips
    • Metal fragments
    • Bullets, BBs, or shrapnel
    • History of metal work
    • Alert the technologist if you are allergic to IV gadolinium contrast
    • Alert the technologist if you may be pregnant
    • Alert the technologist if you are claustrophobic

If you are receiving IV contrast, alert the technologist if you are at risk for kidney disease. If you are over 60 years or if you have any of the following risk factors – you will need to have lab work done prior to your visit and we will need a copy of the report

    • kidney failure
    • kidney surgery
    • single kidney
    • kidney cancer
    • diabetes
    • high blood pressure
  • Don’t bring anything with you into the MRI room (we will provide a secure locker)
  • If you are having an MRI of your pelvic floor (MR defecography), you will be given specific bowel preparation instructions when you schedule the exam
  • If you are having an MRI enterography exam for bowel disease, we will ask you to drink contrast material at our office

CT Exam Preparation

  • Alert the technologist if you are allergic to IV contrast (iodine)
  • Alert the technologist if you may be pregnant
  • You may be asked to drink contrast if you are having a CT of the abdomen/pelvis
  • If you are receiving IV contrast, alert the technologist if you are at risk for kidney disease. If you are over 60 years or have any of the following risk factors – you will need to have lab work done prior to your visit and we will need a copy of the report.
    • kidney failure
    • kidney surgery
    • single kidney
    • kidney cancer
    • diabetes
    • high blood pressure

ULTRASOUND

  • If you are having an ultrasound of your abdomen or gallbladder, please fast for 8 hours prior to your exam
  • If you are having an ultrasound of your urinary bladder or a pelvic ultrasound (uterus/ovaries), please arrive with a full bladder (drink at least 32oz of fluid prior to arrival).

X-RAY

  • No specific exam preparation

DEXA

  • No specific exam preparation
  • Need list of medications

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

  • Provide a list of current medications

 

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