Frequently, we receive questions from patients on how to prepare and what they can expect when they are scheduled for a procedure. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call us. We are here to answer any questions and concerns before your scheduled appointment to ensure your experience is a great experience.

How to prepare for:

CT Scan

Preparation: Some patients will be required to change into a gown. Personal items will be locked in a locker or changing room.

What to expect: 

  • Patients may receive an IV to inject contrast material
  • Some exams require the patient to drink approx. 40oz of liquid
  • Some exams require patient to be in radiology approx. 1½ hours.
  • Patients may be asked to lie in on their back, stomach or side depending on what type of exam they are having done. Scan times will vary.

Fluoroscopy

Preparation: NPO after midnight. The patient’s physician will give detailed instructions on how to prepare for the exam. Patients will be asked to remove some or all clothing and wear a gown or scrubs for the procedure.

What to expect: Patients may be asked to lie on their back, stomach or side depending on what type of exam they are having done. Procedure time will vary.

Mammography

Preparation: Patients should not wear deodorant, lotion or talcum power under their arms the day of the exam, these items may interfere with the quality of the images. Patients will be asked to remove their clothing and wear a gown. Personal items will be locked up in a dressing room.

Nuclear Medicine

Preparation: Some studies require patients not to eat or drink prior to the study. 

What to expect: Patients will lie on a padded examination table. Scanning times will vary with a minimum of 30 minutes.

Ultrasound

Preparation: Varies depending on exam. Some exams require NPO, while other exams require drinking 32oz of liquid 1 hour prior to exam. Contact the performing Ultrsound department for specific instructions. You may be asked to change into a gown.

What to expect: Most patients will lie on their back on a padded table. The technologist will apply a warm gel to the area that they will be scanning. Exam will most likely take less than 30 minutes.