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

No aspirin or “blood thinner” one week prior to biopsy. Please consult your physician prior to discontinuing medications.

 

Bone Density Test

Women should always tell their x-ray technologist or physician 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 call our offices. You may be required to wait 10 – 14 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.

CT Scan Preparation

Drink plenty of fluids in the 24 hours before your exam. If your exam includes contrast, do not eat anything for four hours before your exam.

Avoid strenuous activity 24 hours in advance of your study.

Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

If your exam includes oral contrast, you must drink it 2 hours before your exam. When you arrive for the exam you will be given another cup to drink. Please call our offices if you have a history of contrast reactions/allergies.

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.

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

If you have a pacemaker or some types of aneurysm clips, you are prohibited from having an MRI.

If you are claustrophobic or anxious about your MRI exam, don’t worry. We can provide you with medication that will make you very comfortable during the exam. However, you will need someone to drive you home.

The breast MRI should be scheduled between day 5 and 15 of your menstruation cycle.

Avoid wearing jewelry, as it may interfere with the exam.

If you have hearing aids, you will be asked to remove them before your procedure.

PET CT Preparation

Drink plenty of fluids in the 24 hours before your exam. Also, do not eat anything for four hours before your exam.

Avoid strenuous activity 24 hours in advance of your study.

Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

If your exam includes oral contrast, you must drink them 2 hours before your exam. When you arrive for the exam you will be given another cup to drink. Please call our offices if you have a history of contrast reactions/allergies.

Ultrasound Preparation

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.

 

OB Less than 14 weeks and Pelvic Ultrasound 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.

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.

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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