Esophogram / Barium Swallow: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight the night before exam.
Small Bowel Series / GI Series: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight the night before exam.
Barium Enema: Patients are instructed to come to Verrazano Radiology at least 2 days prior to their exam and pick up LO-SO Prep kit (Bowel cleansing system). Please follow the instructions that are provided inside the kit.
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 2 hours prior to exam. This exam needs be scheduled within 7-10 days of the first day of your cycle. No unprotected intercourse from the day the appointment is scheduled until exam is completed.
Arthrography: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 2 hours prior to exam.
Pelvic/Bladder Sonogram: Drink 32oz. of water beginning 1 hour prior to exam. Do not urinate.
Transvaginal Sonogram: No prep
Abdominal Sonogram: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 8 hours prior to the exam.
If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative prior to the scheduled examination. If you feel the need for this, you MUST be driven in and home by someone else.
Some MRI examinations may require the patient to receive an injection of contrast into the bloodstream. Inform us of any allergies of any kind when making your appointment. The contrast material most commonly used for an MRI exam, called gadolinium, does not contain iodine and is less likely to cause side effects or an allergic reaction. Some conditions, such as severe kidney disease may prevent you from being given contrast material for an MRI. If there is a history of kidney disease, it may be necessary to perform a blood test to determine whether the kidneys are functioning adequately.
Women should always inform us if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. MRI is considered generally safe in pregnancy.
In most cases, an MRI exam is safe for patients with metal implants, except for a few types. People with the following implants cannot be scanned and should not enter the MRI scanning area unless explicitly instructed to do so by a radiologist or technologist who is aware of the presence of any of the following:
- internal (implanted) defibrillator or pacemaker
- cochlear (ear) implant
- artificial heart valves
- implanted drug infusion ports
- implanted electronic device, including a cardiac pacemaker
- artificial limbs or metallic joint prostheses
- implanted nerve stimulators
- metal pins, screws, plates, stents or surgical staples
You should tell your doctor if you have medical or electronic devices in your body, because they may interfere with the exam or potentially pose a risk, depending on their nature and the strength of the MRI magnet. Examples include but are not limited to:
In general, metal objects used in orthopedic surgery pose no risk during MRI. With Contrast MRI: NPO (Nothing to eat or drink) 2 hours prior to your exam.
Breast MRI: NPO (nothing to eat or Drink) 2 hours prior to your exam.
MRI Guided Breast Biopsy: NPO (nothing to eat or Drink) 2 hours prior to your exam. If you are on blood thinners such as Coumadin, Heparin or Plavix they generally should be discontinued for a certain length of days prior to the biopsy, THIS MUST BE DONE AT THE DIRECTION OF YOUR PRIMARY DOCTOR OR CARDIOLOGIST (whoever is prescribing the medication to you). If you are taking daily aspirin, this must be discontinued for at least five days prior to the biopsy, ONLY WITH THE APPROVAL OF YOUR DOCTOR. You must refrain from taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil or Motrin for five days prior to the procedure. You must also refrain from taking any over-the–counter medications that contain any of these drugs or aspirin for five days prior. We also ask that you refrain from taking any Vitamin supplements or herbal medications for five days. Please inform the schedulers of any and all medications you are taking so you may be properly prepared for the biopsy.
Cardiac MRI: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 2 hours prior to exam.
With Contrast CT: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 4 hours prior to exam. Cardiac CT: Avoid any caffeinated drinks on the day before or the day of your exam. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, or caffeinated sodas. Avoid energy or diet pills on the day before or the day of your exam (ask your doctor if you have questions). Do not use Viagra or any similar medication on the day before or the day of the exam. It is not compatible with the medications you will receive during the procedure (ask your doctor if you have questions). On the day of your exam do not eat for four hours prior to your scheduled appointment. You may drink water and take your regular medications. If you are diabetic, ask your physician how to adjust your medications the day of your test. If you think your blood sugar is low, tell the technologist immediately. You may be required to take some medication called a beta-blocker the night before and the morning of your CAT scan. This is used to slow down your heart rate so that the doctor can take clear photos or your heart. When booking your appointment, inform us if you have any drug allergies or active asthma (i.e. have you had an asthma attack in the last 24 hours). Some patients are already taking beta-blockers and no additional medication is necessary. If you have a list of your medications handy, bring it in with you for your exam. You may wish to have it handy when calling for your appointment.
CT Virtual Colonoscopy: Patients are instructed to come to Verrazano Radiology at least 2 days prior to their exam and pick up LO-SO Prep kit (Bowel cleansing system). Please follow the instructions that are provided inside the kit.
HIDA Scan: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 6 hours prior to scan
Bone Scan: No preparation needed
MUGA Scan: No preparation needed
Liver/Spleen Scan: No preparation needed
Stress Thallium: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 8 hours prior to the exam. Please contact your physician regarding your Blood pressure medication prior to your exam. Bring something to eat and drink – you will have a 40 minute break during the exam (Nothing that contains caffeine). If you are diabetic, please bring all diabetes medication with you on the day of exam.
Persantine Thallium: NPO (nothing to eat or drink) 8 hours prior to exam. Bring something to eat and drink – you will have a 40 minute break during the exam (Nothing that contains caffeine).