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Outpatient Imaging Procedures

Preparing for your outpatient procedure

Below are guidelines to assist you in preparing for your outpatient procedure/imaging.

Note that NPO means nothing by mouth (no food or fluid)

Ultrasound

Ultrasound Abdominal (complete or limited)

(Gallbladder and ascites surveys): You should be NPO for 6-8 hours prior to exam.

Ultrasound Renal/Retroperitoneal

Drink 32-40 oz of water 1 hour prior to exam in order to have full bladder.

Ultrasound Breast

Patient must have previous mammo/ultrasound; depending on age, area of concern must be identified prior to ultrasound exam. You must bring films if done at an outside facility.

Ultrasound 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimester Obstetrics

Drink 32-40 oz of water 1 hour prior to exam in order to have full bladder.

Ultrasound Pelvic with Color Flow (complete or limited)

Drink 32-40 oz of water 1 hour prior to exam in order to have full bladder.

Vascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Take all morning medications as prescribed with small sips of water.

DO NOT EAT for at least 4 hours before appointment. *Diabetics should ask for early morning appointments to avoid prolonged periods of fasting. You will be lying on your back.

Wear loose fitting clothing as the technologist will be examining your abdominal area.

Vascular Mesenteric Artery

Take all morning medications as prescribed with small sips of water.

DO NOT EAT for at least 4 hours before appointment. *Diabetics should ask for early morning appointments to avoid prolonged periods of fasting. You will be lying on your back.

Wear loose fitting clothing as the technologist will be examining your abdominal area.

Vascular Carotid Screening

Do not wear a turtleneck. Wear open collared shirt or T-shirt that is short sleeved.

You will be lying on your back.

Vascular Lower Extremity Arterial Duplex

Do not wear pantyhose. Wear a short-sleeved shirt. Wear loosing fitting pants that can be lifted or removed. You may be instructed to remove all clothing except underwear and be given a gown.

The technologist needs to examine both ankles and arms.

Blood pressures are taken on all four extremities. You will be lying on your back.

Any bandages may need to be removed and replaced after the study is complete depending on their location. Please bring extra bandages to your visit if this applies.

Vascular Lower Extremity Venous Duplex

Do not wear pantyhose. Wear a short sleeved shirt. Wear loosing fitting pants that can be lifted or removed.

You may be instructed to remove all clothing except underwear and be given a gown.

You will be lying on your back.

Any bandages may need to be removed and replaced after the study is complete depending on their location. Please bring extra bandages to your visit if this applies.

Vascular Upper Extremity Duplex

Wear loose fitting, short-sleeved T-shirt.

You may be instructed to remove all clothing from the upper part of the body except underwear and be given a gown.

Vascular Renal Artery Duplex

Take all morning medications as prescribed with small sips of water.

DO NOT EAT for at least 6 hours before appointment. *Diabetics should ask for early morning appointments to avoid prolonged periods of fasting.

You will be lying on your back.

Wear loose fitting clothing as the technologist will be examining your abdominal area.

MRI

All MRI Exams

PACEMAKERS ARE CONTRAINDICATED: Any patient with a pacemaker will be cancelled. While some pacemakers are listed as “MRI compatible” or “MRI Conditional” by the manufacturer, CMH cannot accommodate required monitoring equipment necessary for patient safety.

Patients need to bring all information regarding any other known implants and/or shrapnel.

Please wear clothing that is free from metal. Patients may be asked to remove all clothing except underwear and be given a gown. Patients may be asked to remove jewelry for certain exams.

You do NOT need to be NPO for any MRI exam at any time.

IV Contrast

Creatinine results are required on all patients age 40 and older or any patient who has a history of diabetes, hypertension, or renal disease. If no results are available that have been done 30 days prior to the exam, an I-stat creatinine test will be performed in the radiology department.

Please be aware that patients with a history of claustrophobia may not be able to tolerate an MR exam without being medicated. Medications will need to be prescribed by ordering physician in advance of exam time.

X-ray

Patients may be asked to remove all clothing except underwear and be given a gown.

Upper GI

The patient should be NPO after midnight the night before the exam. For this reason, morning appointments are best.

Barium Enema

The ordering physician should choose the method to be used to cleanse the colon which is needed for optimal images. If the colon is not cleansed at the patient’s appointment time, the exam will be rescheduled. The patient should be NPO after midnight the night before the exam. For this reason, morning appointments are best.

IVP

The patient should be NPO for a minimum of 4 hours prior to the exam.

Small Bowel Series

The patient should be NPO after midnight the night before the exam. For this reason, morning appointments are best.

Mammography

Screening Mammogram

Please do not wear any deodorants and powders. If you arrive for your exam wearing deodorants and/or powders, we will provide wipes so that you can cleanse the area.

Diagnostic Mammogram

Patients who have had a screening mammogram somewhere other than CMH will need to bring their screening images with them. Diagnostic mammograms cannot be performed without a screening mammogram for comparison.

Patients need to be free from any deodorants and powders. If patients arrive for their exam wearing deodorants and/or powders they will be asked to cleanse the area with wipes that are provided.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsies

Patients will need to be off of any and all blood thinners for 5 days preceding their biopsy.

CT Exams

Patients are permitted to eat a light meal and drink fluids before any CT exam. You may be asked to remove jewelry for exams on the head or neck.

Nuclear Medicine

About This Guide

This guide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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