Procedure Preparations

In the list below, you will find overviews on how to prepare for all of the services that Sand Lake Imaging offers. If you need more specific information, contact us here.

Biopsy

Follow the instructions given to you by the nurse or patient care coordinator. Please notify us at the time of scheduling if you take prescription blood thinners or over-the-counter NSAIDs.

 

Bone Density Test
  • Women should notify us if there is a possibility of pregnancy.
  • If you have had barium, CT scan, radioisotope, or if you have been injected with any contrast dye used for testing purposes please notify us at time of scheduling. You may be required to wait 7 days before your bone density procedure.
  • Do not take calcium supplements for a minimum of 24 hours before your scheduled test.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is free of any metal objects and that is easy to change if you are asked to wear a gown. You may be asked to remove any jewelry as well as your eyeglasses before your exam.
  • Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID, and your doctor’s order.
  • If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.
CT Scan Preparation

Any specific prep will be provided to you at the time of scheduling. Please notify us at the time of scheduling if you take prescription blood thinners or over-the-counter NSAIDs.

Detailed Instructions

You will be provided with detailed pre procedure instructions. A nurse will call you to discuss. Please notify your nurse if you take prescription blood thinners or over-the-counter blood thinners.

Digital X-ray Preparation
  • Typically, no special preparation is needed for an x-ray
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, and remove all jewelry before the exam. You may be asked to wear a gown for the x-ray.
  • Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID and your doctor’s order.
  • If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.
  • Women should notify us if there is a possibility of pregnancy
Follow Instructions

Follow the instructions as given to you by the nurse or patient care coordinator.

Mammogram Preparation

Do not wear lotion, perfume, deodorant, or powder the day of exam. If you are a new patient, bring previous mammogram films and report.

Do not schedule one week before menstrual period.

Two-piece outfits may make you feel more comfortable during the exam.

MRI Preparation

Please notify the scheduler if you have a pacemaker, stents, aneurysm coils or clips, metal foreign bodies, insulin pumps, pain pumps, bone or neuro stimulators.
The scheduling team will inform you of any prep that is necessary.

If you are claustrophobic or anxious about your MRI exam, please notify the scheduler that you would like to request sedation. Nothing to eat for 4 hours prior to arrival and you will need to bring a driver.

If you are having a breast MRI, it should be scheduled between day 5 and 15 of your menstruation cycle.
You will be required to remove all jewelry and change into a gown for your MRI.
If you have hearing aids, you will be asked to remove them before your procedure.
Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID and your doctor’s order.
If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.

PET CT Preparation

No food for 4 hours prior to arrival time. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
No exercise or physical activity for 24 hr prior to arrival time including walking, cleaning or physically active job.
No caffeine 24 hours prior to appointment time.
Please allow 2 hours for your exam
Women should notify us if there is a possibility of pregnancy
Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID and your doctor’s order.
If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.

Additional prep for diabetics:
Blood sugar level must be normal 70-200mg/dl in order to perform the exam.
Take the usual insulin doses the day before your PET Scan. Fast after midnight. On the morning of the exam, hold all insulin until your test is complete. Schedule test in morning.
If on oral medications such as Metformin or Thiazolidinediones please take these medications at your normal time.

Ultrasound Preparation

Preparations are independent for each exam and will be given at the time of scheduling appointment.

Abdomen Ultrasound Preparation:

  • Nothing to eat, drink, or smoke 6 hours prior to appointment time.
  • Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

Kidney Preparation:

  • 30mins prior to exam, drink 16 oz water, do not urinate

Pelvic Ultrasound and OB Less than 14 weeks Preparation:

  • 1½ hours before exam time, empty your bladder and drink 32 oz. of water, finishing 1 hour prior to exam.
  • Arrive with a very full bladder. Do not urinate.
  • Pelvic ultrasound should not be scheduled during menstruation.

Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID, and your doctor’s order.

If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.

Vascular Ultrasound

Little to no special preparation is necessary for a vascular ultrasound.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown. Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID and your doctor’s order. If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.

Sedation (if necessary)

Adults – nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to the exam.

You MUST have a driver with you at the time of your appointment. If you do not have a driver with you at the time of your appointment, your exam will be rescheduled.

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