PATIENT INFORMATION

Exam Preparations

  • Please remember to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • You may fill out any necessary paperwork online and bring it to your appointment.
  • Please bring a photo ID, insurance cards, and referring physicians prescription
  • If there are any prior exams that were not performed at Florida Radiology Centers, and they are relevant to your test please bring them with you.
  • Women should inform their technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy because radiation can be harmful to the fetus.
  • You may take all required medication with a small amount of water.
  • For Diabetic Patients you may drink small amounts of clear juice.
  • For Patients over the age of 65 and also for any diabetic patient’s creatinine and BUN levels less than 90 days old are required for all CT, CTA, and MRI procedures.
  • DEXA EXAM
  • X-RAY
  • ULTRASOUND
  • CT
  • VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY
  • CTA
  • MRI
  • MRV & MRA
  • MR ARTHROGRAM
DEXA EXAM

On the day of the exam you may eat normally. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal. Avoid wearing jewelry you will be asked to remove any jewelry and eyeglasses that you have on you. Most of the time you may be asked to remove your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam.

X-RAY

The patient is asked to remove jewelry, and any other metal objects from the part of the body being x-rayed. In some cases a lead shield is placed over another part of the body to minimize exposure to the radiation that is being used. Sometimes you may be asked to remove your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam.

ULTRASOUND

ABDOMINAL & ABDOMINAL DOPPLER( Kidney)
The patient must not have anything to eat or drink after midnight, not even water. If patient is having a Pelvic exam as well, they have to drink 32 ozs of water, 1 hour before the test, and cannot void until after the exam.

AORTIC
The patient cannot have anything to eat 8 hours prior to the exam.

BLADDER ULTRASOUND
The patient must drink 32 ounces of water and be finished drinking one hour prior to their exam. They cannot urinate until after their exam.

PELVIC
In order to properly perform this ultrasound test, the patient’s bladder must be full. The patient needs to drink 4 x 8 ounce glasses (32 ounces total) of water, 1 hour prior to the exam, and cannot void until after the exam.

PREGNANCY ULTRASOUND
For the first trimester only, the patient will be required to drink 32 ounces of water 1hour before the exam. For Second and Third trimester, the patient will need to drink three glasses of water one hour prior to exam, and to not void until after the exam.

HYSTEROSONOGRAM
For postmenopausal patients
The same prep is followed as for routine Pelvic Ultrasound. The patient should take Motrin 1 hour before the exam to reduce cramping and should bring a sanitary napkin in case of spotting. Patient should not be bleeding at the time of study if possible.
For menstruating patients:
This exam is performed after the last day of a period, not while patient is bleeding. The patient should call to schedule as soon as their period begins. The patient must refrain from intercourse from the time her period begins until after the exam is perform so there is no chance of pregnancy. The same prep is followed as for routine Pelvic Ultrasound. The patient should take Motrin 1 hour before the exam to reduce cramping and should bring a sanitary napkin in case of spotting.

PREGNANCY WITH BIOPHYSICAL PROFILE
The patient will need to drink one glass of water one hour prior to exam and to not void until after the exam.

RENAL
Drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour prior to the exam. The patient cannot void one hour prior to the exam.

RENAL DOPPLER
Patients cannot have any food or liquid for 8 hours prior to their exam. Drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to the exam and maintain a full bladder.

TESTICULAR
The patient should avoid using any powder in this area after showering.

TRANSVAGINAL
Drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to the exam and maintain a full bladder.

GALLBLADER:
Patients cannot have any food or liquid for 8 hours prior to their exam.

LIVER & SPLEEN
Patients cannot have any food or liquid for 6 hours prior to their exam.

CT

Wear comfortable, metal-free clothing; be prepared to change into a patient gown if necessary. Avoid wearing jewelry you will be asked to remove any jewelry and eyeglasses that you have on you.

FOR ALL EXAMS WITH IV CONTRAST
Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours before your appointment time.

FOR ALL ABDOMINAL & PELVIS EXAMS WITH ORAL CONTRAST
Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to your test. You need to pick up or call office about delivery of barium oral contrast. Both bottles of barium must be finished 2 hours prior to your appointment time. If you have an early morning appointment time drink one bottle right before you go to bed and one bottle 2 hours before your appointment. You may take all necessary medication with a small amount of water.

CHEST WITH OR WITHOUT CONTRAST
Nothing to eat or drink 4 hour prior to the exam.

KIDNEY STONE/ RENAL STONE
Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to your appointment time. No Oral or IV contrast needed.

SINUS, SPINE & EXTREMITY WITHOUT CONTRAST
No preparation needed.

ENTEROGRAPHY
You will have a clear liquid diet for 12 hours prior to your scheduled examination time. For this reason, most people prefer to schedule this test in the morning. You will need to be at Florida Radiology Centers to check in 1 hour prior to your scheduled examination time to begin drinking the barium.

VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY

Cleansing of the bowel is required prior to the exam. You will be asked to take a cathartic liquid.

CTA

Patients with an allergy to iodine need to inform the technologist ahead of time. No food or drink 4 hours prior to appointment. No caffeine or oral stimulants (energy pills, diet pills, Viagra or similar medication) for 8 hours prior to your appointment.

MRI

Wear comfortable, metal-free clothing; be prepared to change into a patient gown if necessary. Avoid wearing jewelry you will be asked to remove any jewelry and eyeglasses that you have on you.

Patients with certain types of surgically implanted devices are not allowed to have an MRI. These can include Pacemakers, Defibrillators, Aneurysm Brain Clips, Stapes or Cochlear Ear Implant or any other metal devices or implants in your body.

Please avoid wearing makeup and hair products such as hairspray as they may interfere with the exam. Avoid any caffeine products the day of your appointment.

LUMBAR SPINE & ABDOMINAL
No carbonated beverages 3 hours prior to your appointment time.

ABDOMINAL & PELVIS
No food or drink 6 hours prior to your appointment time.

MRV & MRA

No food or drink 4 hours prior to your appointment time.

MR ARTHROGRAM

You may eat and drink normally and take your regular medications prior to coming to the MRI department. Do not take aspirin for five days prior to your appointment date.


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