Preparing for Radiology Test

There are many preparations to be made before an imaging test in the radiology department at PCHFMC.


Check out these preparation strategies

The radiology department at PCHFMC will ensure your comfort and safety when performing and procedure or imaging test.
For more information about preparation beforehand, call 217-465-2606, Ext. 4242.

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CT Scans

Head/Chest/Neck

Lab work may be required if iodinated contrast is going to be injected through an IV. Your physician should let you know if this is necessary.

Sinus/Facial/Auditory/Spinal/Extremities

These areas do not require any preparations.

 

Abdomen/Pelvis

For all abdominal and pelvis CT scans, the patient is not required to drink oral contrast, unless specifically noted by your physician. Lab work may be required for your scan if iodinated contrast is going to be injected through an IV. Your physician should let you know if this is necessary.



Fluoroscopy

Barium Enema

  • At noon the day before the exam, the patient will begin drinking clear liquids (plain Jell-O--no fruit added, apple juice, grape juice, cranapple juice, bouillon, coffee, tea [sugar may be added, but no milk or cream]). No cream soups. Any liquid you can see through may be used.
  • Two ounces of castor oil (pick up in Radiology Department) is to be taken after the clear liquid meal at noon. You may mix this with one-half glass of orange juice with a pinch of baking soda. Stir the liquid; drink it while it's fizzing. Drink a bottle of 7-Up or any drink containing citric acid to remove the taste of the castor oil.
  • At approximately 5 pm on the day before the exam, drink the entire 2.5-ounce bottle of X-Prep (also picked up in Radiology Department). Do not mix it with anything. (Refrigeration will improve the taste.)
  • Fluids are essential. Drink 8 ounces of water per hour for 6 hours if possible. Continue to drink clear liquids from noon until midnight. Avoid fizzy liquids (pop, beer, Alka-Seltzer, etc.) except for 7-Up consumed with the castor oil.
  • After midnight, do not take anything by mouth until after the exam.

 



Mammogram

  • Refrain from consuming caffeine for 48 hours before the exam
  • Do not use lotions, powders, or deodorants the day of the exam
  • Take mammogram results obtained elsewhere to the appointment

 



MRI

Once the appointment has been scheduled with the Central Scheduling Department, the patient must be screened: an outpatient by medical staff (in doctor's office), and/or radiology staff and an inpatient by nursing staff and/or radiology staff. Lab work may be required if iodinated contrast is going to be injected through an IV.  Your physician should let you know if this is necessary. The powerful magnet of the MRI machine determines the presence of metal implants not compatible with the machine. For example, if you have been exposed to welding or grinding, an orbit X-ray will be done prior to the MRI so the radiologist can check for metal particles in the eyes. This precaution is necessary even if safety glasses were worn. This machine is a closed unit. Therefore, a claustrophobic patient may decide to consult with his/her physician regarding medication to minimize the distress.

Daily medications, food, and drink are acceptable prior to your appointment and will not affect test results.

You cannot have this exam if any of these apply to you:

  • Cerebral aneurysm clips
  • Certain heart valves
  • Cochlear implants
  • Metal filings in the eye
  • Pacemaker

Bring prior films of the same area to be examined in the MRI to Paris Community Hospital.

 



UGI (Upper Gastro Intestinal)

Take nothing by mouth after midnight the day prior to your appointment until after the exam. 

 

 



IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram)
 

For AM appointment:
Take one bottle of X-Prep (pick up in Radiology Department) after 5 pm but before bedtime on the day before the exam. Take nothing solid by mouth after midnight until after the exam. Clear liquids are allowed.

For 2 pm appointment:
Take one bottle of X-Prep (pick up in Radiology Department) after 5 pm but before bedtime on the day before the exam. After 10 am on exam day, take only clear liquids (anything you can see through is acceptable: bouillon, coffee, tea, plain Jell-O, etc.) and no solid foods.

From 10 am to 2 pm, do not take anything solid by mouth, only liquids. (Do not smoke or chew gum.)

  • Wear comfortable clothing for the exam.
  • Esophogram - Take nothing by mouth after midnight the day before the exam
  • Modified Barium Swallow - These areas do not require any preparations
  • Small Bowel Series - Take nothing by mouth after midnight the day before the exam.

 

 

 



Nuclear Medicine

Bone Scan/Lung Scan

No prep required.

Cardiolite Scan

Take nothing by mouth 3-4 hours before the exam. Some heart medications should be discontinued within 24 hours before the exam. Please consult your physician regarding those that apply to you. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear for the treadmill portion of the exam.

 

Gallbladder (Hepato-Billiary) Scan

Take nothing by mouth 4-6 hours before the exam.

Thyroid Scan

No prep, unless the patient is already on thyroid medication. This medication is not to be taken starting two weeks before the exam.



Ultrasound

Echocardiogram Stress Test

No prep required.

 

Carotid/Arterial/Venous/Echocardiogram/Stress Echocardiogram/Renal Artery

No prep required.

 

Breast/Thyroid/Extremity/Scrotal/Transvaginal

No prep required.

 

Fetal and Pelvic

Empty bladder 1.5 hours before appointment time. One hour before appointment, drink at least one quart of water or other fluid. Do not empty bladder until after exam.

 

Gallbladder/ RUQ/Abdomen/Liver/Pancreas

Eat a fat-free meal the evening before. Take nothing by mouth after midnight. Do not smoke the morning of the exam.

Food permitted:

  • Fruit juice/fat-free broth
  • Dry toast with jelly
  • Baked or boiled mashed potatoes/rice
  • Plain, cooked, bland vegetables
  • Canned fruit or fruit gelatin
  • Coffee or tea with sugar
  • Salt

 Foods not permitted:

  • Meat
  • Fried or baked foods
  • Butter or cream
  • Fat or oil
  • Milk or other dairy products

 

 

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