Study Preparations

We are committed to providing the highest quality patient care with a personal approach only allowed in a community setting. Our technologists, nurses and support staff are competent, yet compassion and exemplify Mercy values. Our subspecialty, fellowship trained physicians offer unsurpassed radiologic expertise. We are honored you have chosen us to care for you and your loved ones and hope your experience matches our ambition

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Arthrogram

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home
  • Please eat a normal breakfast
  • The radiologist will explain the procedure when obtaining informed consent.
  • Rest the joint as much as possible for 24 hours following the exam
  • Over the counter pain relievers and ice may be taken as needed
  • If you are diabetic, please monitor blood sugar at home. A rise during days 3 – 7 post procedure may be expected

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Breast Biopsy

  • Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotions under your arms and breast on day of exam
  • Wear two piece clothing so that only top and bra need to be removed
  • Discontinue use of blood thinning medications 5 days prior to procedure unless otherwise told
  • Please eat a normal breakfast
  • You are welcome to have family or friends for support, but they will not be present during the procedure. Your driving capabilities will not be impaired

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CT Scan

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home
  • Some CT scans will require IV contrast (x-ray dye). If your study requires, a technologist will place an IV
  • You may require lab work to be performed. If you have had recent lab work, please bring it with you

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Diagnostic X-Ray

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home
  • No preparation required.

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Interventional Radiology

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home
  • You will likely need to discontinue blood-thinning medicines several days before the procedure. Please talk to the person scheduling the procedure with concerns.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the procedure. Medications can generally be taken with a small amount of water
  • The radiologist will explain the procedure to you during informed consent
  • Depending on the procedure, you may need to arrange transportation home

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Mammogram

  • Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotions under your arms and breast on day of exam
  • Describe any breast symptoms to your technologists
  • Obtain prior imaging if they were performed elsewhere

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MRI

  • Please alert MRI staff if you have history of any of the following:

    • Pacemaker
    • Pregnancy
    • Claustrophobia
    • History of kidney problems
    • Skin tattoos
    • Neurostimulators
    • Implanted drug infusion device (i.e. insulin pump)
    • Exposure to metal fragments to your eye
    • Artificial heart valves
    • Aneurysm clips
    • Cochlear implants
    • Metallic implants and prosthesis
    • Vascular stent or stent graft
    • History as a metal worke
    • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
    • Dorsal column stimulators
    • Allergy to iodine or gadolinium
    • History of diabetes
    • Other conditions you believe to be relevant
  • Other tips

    • Please leave valuables at home
    • If you have claustrophobia, your doctor may prescribe an oral medication for you to take during your MRI appointment
    • No dietary restrictions unless otherwise told

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Nuclear Medicine

  • Patients are given a small amount of radioisotope to enhance the visualization of selected organs or structures
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist
  • Please leave your valuables at home
  • A technologist will place a camera over the site of interest
  • Patient preparation is tailored to each type of exam. If specific instructions are needed, they will be provided to you

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PET/CT

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuables at home
  • Follow a limited carbohydrate diet for the 24 hours before the study
  • Do not eat or drink anything other than water for 6 hours before the exam
  • Routine medications can be taken except when told otherwise
  • Diabetes medications should be taken at least 4 hours prior to the exam
  • A technologist will perform the exam and inject a required substance prior to imaging
  • Drink extra water after the procedure

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Upper GI Series and Barium Swallow/Esophagram

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuable at home or with a loved one
  • Do not eat or drink on day of procedure
  • The technologist will provide instructions during the procedure
  • You may be asked to drink or eat certain substances and possibly change your positioning while images are being obtained.
  • Barium can be constipating. We encourage all patients to drink additional water for the remainder of the day.

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Ultrasound

  • Ultrasound imaging involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the insider of the body
  • Preparation for this exam will vary based on the exact type of study performed.
  • Some studies will require you to drink water and not go to the bathroom until a portion of the exam is completed.
  • A technologist will perform the exam and provide instructions.

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Virtual Colonoscopy (CT Colonography)

  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, please tell your doctor or technologist.
  • Please leave your valuable at home or with a loved one
  • Inform the technologist if you have had prior surgery.
  • Please complete the preparation as prescribed
  • Do not eat solid food the day before the procedure
  • Do not eat or drink anything the day of the procedure
  • During the procedure, your colon will be distended with air via a small rectal tube
  • You will be imaged in at lest two positions