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3000 HOSPITAL BLVD.
ROSWELL, GA 30076
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Radiology Patient Preparations 
   

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CT

CT – Abdomen without IV contrast

  • No fasting required
  • You must pick up 1 bottle of oral contrast prior to your appointment date.
  • You must drink the contrast 1 hour prior to your appointment time.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

CT – Abdomen with Oral and IV Contrast

  • You must pick up 1 bottle of oral contrast prior to your appointment date.
  • You must drink the contrast 1 hour prior to your appointment time.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

CT – Abdomen/Pelvis

  • You must not eat or drink for a minimum of four (4) hours prior to your procedure.
  • If you have a morning appointment, you will need to be fasting, nothing to eat or drink since midnight the day of your appointment.
  • You must pick up 2 bottles of oral contrast prior to your appointment date.
  • You must drink the first bottle at bedtime the evening before your appointment; drink the second bottle 1 hour prior to your appointment time.
  • IF you have an afternoon appointment you will need to drink the first bottle a minimum of 2 hours before your appointment time and the second bottle 1 hour before you appointment time.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

CT – With IV Contrast

  • You must not eat or drink for a minimum of four (4) hours prior to your procedure.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

CT of Spine or Extremity

  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.
  • No other preparation is needed for this exam.

 

CT Biopsy, Aspiration of Drainage

  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: Aspirin products Asa, Bayer, Ecotrin, or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.
  • Take nothing in your mouth after midnight the night before your procedure.
  • Please bring a list of all home medications.
  • Please bring a driver, and prepare to rest the remainder of the day following your procedure.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

 

Special Procedures/GI Studies

Myelogram

  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: antiplatelet, ticlopidine (Ticlid), Clopidogrel (Plavix), Abcizimab (Reopro), tirofiban (Aggrastat), eptifibatide (Integrillin), or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.
  • The referring physician office will provide you with special instructions regarding anti-depressants and anti-inflammatory medications.

 

Barium Enema

  • Note that this is an 18-hour prep.
  • Pick up your prep kit at North Fulton Regional Hospital or Roswell Imaging Center 1 day prior to your scheduled exam date.  The prep should be strated at breakfast the day before your exam.  The kit contains full instructions.
  • You will need to be fasting: nothing to eat or drink since midnight the day of your appointment

 

Upper GI Series and Small Bowel Series

  • You will need to be fasting: nothing to eat or drink since midnight the day of your appointment

 

Special Procedures – Artiogram, Angiogram, Biopsy, Vertebroplasty, Epidural, Facet Block

  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: Aspirin products Asa, Bayer, Ecotrin, or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.
  • You will need to be fasting: nothing to eat or drink since midnight the day of your appointment
  • Please bring a list of all at home medications.
  • Please arrive 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Please bring a driver, and prepare to rest the remainder of the day following your procedure.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

 

MRI

General MRI Studies

  • No Preparation is needed
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.
  • If scheduled with sedation you must be fasting (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight if you have a morning appointment or a minimum of four hours prior to your procedure if you have an afternoon appointment; you must have a driver.
  • If scheduled with anesthesia you must be fasting (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight, and you must have a driver.

 

MRI with Contrast

  • Over 70: must have lab results of bun and creatinine.

 

 

Nuclear Medicine

General Nuclear Med Studies

  • No preparation is needed
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

 

Nuclear Med – Gastric Emptying Study

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment.
  • The patient must be off Reglan, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers for 48 hours prior to the procedure.
  • If you are allergic to eggs, inform the nuc med staff as another type of meal will need to be provided.

 

Nuclear Med – Gallium Study

  • Cleansing enemas 48 hours prior to the test.
  • 3-day imaging study

 

Nuclear Med – Gallbladder

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink for 8-12 hours prior to your appointment.
  • No pain medications (opiates-morphine derivatives)
  • Bring outside gallbladder ultrasound films and reports.
  • Barium studies must be scheduled following the HIDA scan.
  • CT studies must be scheduled on another day for optimal results.

 

Nuclear Med – Thallium Scan

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable clothing with tennis shoes so that you may walk on the treadmill.
  • Bring a list of current medications that you take.
  • You must be scheduled with a cardiologist.

 

Nuclear Med – Renal Baselin DTPA

  • You must be off hypertensive medications and diuretics for 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

 

Nuclear Med – Renal with Captopril

  • You must be off hypertensive medications and diuretics for 72 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

 

Nuclear Med – Thyroid Scan with Uptake

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment.
  • You must be off any anti-thyroid medications (propylthiouracil/PTU, methimazole, carbimazole) for 5 days.
  • You must be off the following medications for 4-6 weeks prior to your exam: synthyroid (thyroxine, Levothyroxine, Levoxil,Unithroid) and armour thyroid.
  • You must be of Cytomel (triiodothyroxine) 3 weeks prior to your exam.
  • No CT studies using contrast for 6 weeks prior to your exam.
  • No iodine supplements or vitamins with iodine for 5 days prior to your exam.
  • No shellfish for 5 days prior to your exam.
  • No fish oil supplements 2 weeks prior to your exam.

 

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound – Abdomen

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment.

 

Ultrasound – Abdomen Aorta Renal Artery Scan

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment. (This applies to morning appointments only).

 

Ultrasound – Breast, Carotid, or Chest

  • No preparation is needed
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

Ultrasound – Kidney/Renal

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment.

 

Ultrasound – Needle Biopsy

  • You need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.
  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: Aspirin products Asa, Bayer, Ecotrin, or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.

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Ultrasound – Needle Biopsy of the Thyroid

  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: Aspirin products Asa, Bayer, Ecotrin, or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

Ultrasound – OBS

  • You must have a full bladder.

 

Ultrasound – Pelvic

  • You must have a full bladder.

 

Ultrasound – Paracentesis

  • You need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: Aspirin products Asa, Bayer, Ecotrin, or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.

 

Ultrasound – Retroperitoneal

  • You must be fasting: nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your appointment.

 

Ultrasound – Thoracentesis  

  • The following medication need to be discontinued 7 days prior to your procedure: Aspirin products Asa, Bayer, Ecotrin, or any other Aspirin-containing products or blood thinners.
  • If the patient has been on Cumadin, the hospital will need lab work – PT, INR, and INR – results 1 day prior to the procedure; Bring any outside studies.

 

Ultrasound – Thyroid

  • No preparation needed.
  • Bring any prior films and reports of any radiological exams of the affected body part that were conducted outside of this facility.

 

 

Women’s Imaging/Breast Center

Mammogram - Screening

  • Do not wear any powder, perfume or deodorant.
  • We recommend that you wear a 2 piece outfit for your comfort.
  • If a prior mammogram was done at another facility, please be sure to bring the films with you to your appointment.
  • Bring your doctor’s order with you if applicable.

 

Mammogram - Diagnostic

  • Do not wear any powder, perfume or deodorant.
  • We recommend that you wear a 2 piece outfit for your comfort.
  • If a prior mammogram was done at another facility, please be sure to bring the films with you to your appointment.
  • A doctor’s order is required; please bring it with you, or your physician can fax it to us.

 

Breast Biopsy, Aspiration, and Galactogram

  • Do not wear any powder, perfume or deodorant.
  • We recommend that you wear a two-piece outfit for your comfort.
  • If a prior mammogram was done at another facility, please be sure to bring the films with you to your appointment.
  • A doctor’s order is required; please bring it with you, or your physician can fax it to us.
  • You must be off any aspirin or blood thinner product for  7 days prior to your procedure.

 

 

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