Preparing For Your Exam

Preparing for Your Exam

Because of the large number and variety of diagnostic examinations available, there are a number of different preparations to be followed, according to the procedure type. To ensure the successful completion of an examination and to maximize diagnostic quality, we ask that patients follow the preparatory procedures carefully and as instructed by the facility where your exam is scheduled. When scheduling your exam please alert us if you have any allergies or special medical problems or needs. Please note, we have provided the most common and updated patient preparation information.

Breast Studies

  • Mammography: No lotion, deodorant powder, or cream in the underarm and breast area.
  • Biopsy/Aspiration/Localization: Do not take aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, gingko or anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn or Voltaren for 7 days prior to the biopsy. Vioxx and Celebrex are okay. If you are on blood thinners consult with the radiologist.

Computed Tomography (C.T.) Studies

  • Abdomen/Pelvis With Contrast: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight except clear liquids. Specific prep instructions will be given to you when you schedule your exam.
  • Urogram: Eat no food after dinner on evening prior to exam. You may have water.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Studies

  • Wear comfortable clothing. Leave all metal and valuables at home. No dietary preparation is necessary.

Nuclear Medicine Studies

Diagnostic Radiology Studies

  • Barium Enema: Pick up Lo So Prep kit in Medical Imaging Department or purchase from Pharmacy. Follow 24 hour prep. Do not eat breakfast.
  • Small Bowel: Nothing by mouth after midnight except if you need to take medications with tiny amounts of water.
  • Upper GI/Upper GI Small Bowel/Barium Swallow: Nothing by mouth after midnight except if you need to take medication with tiny amounts of water.
  • IVP (Patients 12 years and up): 10 oz bottle of Citrate of Magnesia at 4:00 pm the night before exam. Follow with a light dinner at 5:00 pm. Nothing to drink in the morning except if you need to take medications with tiny amounts of water.

Ultrasound Studies

  • Abdominal (liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, aorta): Nothing by mouth after midnight except if you need to take medications with tiny amounts of water.
  • Hepatic: Nothing by mouth after midnight except if you need to take medications with tiny amounts of water.
  • Pelvic and Obstetrical: Drink four 8 oz glasses of water 1 hour prior to exam. DO NOT USE THE RESTROOM.
  • Renal: Drink two 8 oz glasses of water 1 hour prior to exam. DO NOT USE THE RESTROOM.

If you have any questions about your preparation, call our centralized scheduling number (925) 952-2701.