Since you will be positioned within a large, very strong magnet, you must remove all loose metal objects. Doing so is important for your safety as well as that of our staff, and for proper functioning of the equipment. We offer storage lockers in which you may keep your valuables during your examination. You may be asked to change into a gown unless you are wearing clothing that is metal-free. You will need to complete a detailed screening sheet, on which you will be asked whether or not you have any metal or other devices implanted in your body that may interfere with the scan or cause injury to you. If you have any concerns or questions about that aspect of the procedure, please ask the technologist before you enter the room. We also will be happy to answer your questions by telephone at any time before your appointment.
Options exist for patients who suffer from claustrophobia or who are unable to lie still for several minutes at a time, such as infants or children. Because no radiation is involved, a family member or friend can remain in the scan room with you to offer comfort and support. Anyone who enters the scan room will need to be screened by our staff.
A second option is taking anxiety-relieving medication such as Valium, which your physician can prescribe for you. If you think you may need to be pre-medicated, please discuss the procedure and timing when you are scheduling your appointment. Also, be aware that you cannot drive for several hours after you take this medication, so you will need to arrange for transportation home.
Some types of scans require fasting beforehand. You will be instructed if fasting is necessary for your procedure.
Tell your physician and the technologist if you think you may possibly be pregnant. You may be asked to change into a gown. We will advise you about any dietary restrictions when scheduling your appointment. You may continue to take prescribed medications with small sips of water prior to your exam.
- CT Abdomen and/or Pelvis - No food or drink except medications 4 hours prior to exam.
- CT Chest - No food 2 hours prior to exam. Fluids are strongly encouraged.
- CT Angiogram of Coronary Arteries - Contact office for special instructions.
- All other CT exams - No restrictions.
Preparation is specific for each procedure. Some ultrasound exams require no preparation, while others require patients to cease eating and drinking for up to 12 hours before the exam. Some ultrasound exams require a full bladder. You will receive instructions if that is necessary for your exam.
Xrays are done on a first come, first serve walk-in basis. There is no preparation needed for an xray.
Before your exam can be scheduled, a referral must be requested by your physician. You may call us directly to schedule an exam, or one of our scheduling team members will contact you once we have received the order from your physician’s office. Our staff will notify you of any necessary exam preparations prior to your visit.
In order to make your referral as easy as possible, you may fax a requisition to have our staff schedule your patient or you can send the order with the patient to bring in at the time of their appointment.