What to Bring to Your Exam:
When you arrive for your exam, there are some documents you will need to bring with you.
- Your prescription or the referral from your primary care physician.
- A list of medications you are currently taking, including any non-prescription medication and supplements.
- Your insurance card(s).
- A valid photo ID.
- Your medical history, including whether you may currently be pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Any relevant pathology reports.
If you have any previous, relevant imaging exams or reports that were performed outside of our network, please bring them as well.
How to Prepare for Your Exam:
Regardless of what type of radiological exam you're scheduled for, there are a few general instructions you should follow.
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes early. If you have to cancel or reschedule your appointment, for any reason, please call at least 24 hours ahead of time to let us know.
- If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, tell your physician. In most cases, X-rays will not be performed on pregnant patients.
- Please tell the doctor or the medical staff if you're breastfeeding.
- If you have diabetes and are taking insulin, please tell your doctor so he or she can instruct you about your dosage on the day of your exam.
- If you are on a medically-ordered, fluid-restricted diet, if you have kidney failure, or have had a kidney transplant, talk to your primary physician to find out how to prepare for your radiology exam. Based on your condition, your physician may provide you with a different set of instructions. Please make sure our staff is informed of any changes your physician has asked you to make in preparation for your exam, either by your doctor or by his or her staff.
- Do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum before the exam. If your exam is scheduled for the afternoon, you may drink 8-12 ounces of water around 7:00 a.m. the day of your exam, but nothing afterwards.
Each radiology exam has its own specific set of instructions. Though our staff will discuss them with you before you arrive, please read the specific instructions below to make sure you're as prepared as possible for your visit.
Metal objects are a safety hazard during an MRI exam. Even metal objects in your body can come lose or affect the MRI image. Before your exam, please tell your technologist if you have any metal or electronic devices in your body, such as metallic joint prostheses, artificial heart valves, cardiac stents, an implanted heart defibrillator, a pacemaker, metal clips, cochlear implants, bullets, shrapnel, or metal fragments of any kind.
If you're pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please tell your doctor before scheduling an MRI. Your doctor may recommend an alternative exam or may decide to postpone your exam until a later date.
Please tell your doctor and the technologist if you have any kidney or liver problems. During your exam, your doctor might inject you with a contrast agent such as gadolinium, in order to make the organs being scanned more visible. A kidney or liver condition might interfere with the contrast agent and make it less effective. Most patients don't require a contrast agent injection during their exam, but if your doctor does decide an injection is necessary, our staff will tell you when you schedule your MRI.
It is not necessary to fast before an MRI exam. Please eat normally and continue taking any prescribed medications as usual, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or radiologist.
When you arrive, you will be asked to change into a gown and remove all metal objects from your body. All metal must be left outside the examination room, including jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, watches, wigs, dentures, hearing aids, underwire bras, and metallic make-up.
When you arrive, please remove any metal or plastic items from the part of your body that is going to be examined.
If you're pregnant, might be pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to contrast dye, or are diabetic, please tell your doctor or the medical staff before the exam.
If You're Having a Contrast Exam:
Do not eat anything for 4 hours before your exam.
If You're Having an Abdominal or Pelvic Scan:
Do not eat anything for 4 hours before your exam. Before you're scanned, your doctor or radiologist may ask you to drink some liquid in order to provide a better image of your bowels.
Please drink 32 ounces of water one hour before your exam and do not empty your bladder until after the exam is complete.
If You're Having an Obstetrical Ultrasound
If you're 25 weeks pregnant or less than 25 weeks pregnant, please drink 16 ounces of fluid one hour before your exam and do not empty your bladder until after the exam is completed. If you' re 26 weeks pregnant or more than 26 weeks pregnant, you do not need to do anything. No special preparation is required.
Gallbladder and abdominal ultrasound
Please do not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for six hours before your exam.
If you are coming in for an X-ray, no special preparation is required. You do not need to do anything to prepare beyond the general instructions provided at the top of the page.
- If you are coming in for an arthographic fluoroscopy and are taking Coumadin (a blood thinning medication), please talk to your primary physician to see if it is possible to stop taking the medication one or two days before your exam. Also, please ask your doctor to set up an International Normalized Ratio (INR) blood test before your exam. If the result of this blood test is 1.5, you will have to reschedule your exam. Please bring your blood test results with you the day of your appointment.
- If you are scheduled for an arthographic fluoroscopy and are taking aspirin or any other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Motrin, Aleve, or Naprosyn, please talk to your primary physician to see if it is possible to stop taking it 3 days before your appointment. Never stop taking any medication without talking to your doctor first and getting his or her approval.
If You're Coming in For a GI/Small Bowel Exam
Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum after midnight the night before your exam. You may brush your teeth, but please do not swallow any water.
If You're Coming in For a Barium Enema and Air Contrast Enema Exam
Come into the office where you will be having your exam 24 hours before your scheduled appointment to pick up a prep kit. Follow the instructions in the kit. If you have a colostomy, or if the patient is a child under the age of 12, please call our office for special instructions.
When you schedule your appointment, you may be given additional instructions by your radiologist or the medical staff.