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Patient Prep Info

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Interventional radiology exam: For many interventional procedures, your doctor will recommend initial labwork days before the exam. This is a precautionary measure to make sure that the procedure is safe for you. It is also recommended that you not eat anything after midnight before the examination.

Biopsy: The preparation is similar to other interventional procedures. Your doctor will likely recommend labwork to be completed before the exam. This is to make sure that the procedure is safe to perform. It is also recommended that you not eat after midnight before your exam. Please contact your doctor to discuss any medications that you might be taking before the procedure.

PET Scan: PET is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Your doctor will give you
detailed instructions on how to prepare for the exam. You should wear comfortable, loose
fitting clothing. You should not eat for at least 4 hours before the exam, and drinking water is
encouraged. Your doctor will instruct you regarding the use of medications before the test.
Diabetic patients should ask specific diet guidelines to control glucose levels during the day
of the test.

CT Scan: Outpatient CT examinations are a widely performed test. Your doctor's office will give you instructions. Occasionally, patients may need a labwork draw before the exam to test that the study is safe for you. Some exams are performed using oral contrast or intravenous contrast. Instructions will be given to you ahead of time to ensure you received the oral contrast in a convenient manner. An IV may need to be placed before the study if you are receiving intravenous contrast. Please be sure to let the technologists know about any allergies that you might have so that we can help determine the safest way to perform the test.

Ultrasound: In general, little preparation is needed for an ultrasound exam. The exam does not include any ionizing radiation, and it is a routinely performed test for a variety of indications. Some ultrasounds (usually of the abdomen) require a fasting period before the exam.

MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a useful test for imaging the joints, spine, brain, some organs, and soft tissues. The MRI machine creates a very strong magnetic field and many safety screening measures are in place to make sure the test will be safe for you. It is important to let the technologist know about any stents or devices that you may have in your body. Some patients may need xrays to screen for metal, such as can be deposited around the eyes during metalwork or grinding. Some MRI exams require intravenous contrast - if your exam uses IV contrast, and IV will be placed before the procedure.