Patient Instructions

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scan time. If an interpreter is needed, please arrive 30 minutes prior to scan time. Late arrivals may result in rescheduling of scans to a later date. Patients that do not show for their imaging appointment may be charged. To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, only the patient will be allowed into the scan area. Anyone that accompanies the patient will be limited to the waiting area and may be allowed in patient areas at the sole discretion of our staff.

Please be sure to follow the instructions provided below for the best possible imaging outcome. If you have questions, or the instructions seem unclear, please contact our office prior to arrival. If there is a possibility of pregnancy, please inform our staff prior to your appointment.

Exam Specific Instructions:

MRI/MRA

  • Please allow up to 1 – 1.5 hours for the exam process
  • Follow Hydration Instructions below
  • Patients will be asked to disrobe and change into a gown prior to scan.
  • No implantable electronic medical devices (i.e. cochlear ear implant, pacemaker, tens unit, hearing aids, etc.)
  • For MRI Abdomen, Pelvis, liquid diet the day before the exam. No food or liquids (water is okay) 4 hours prior to the appointment
  • For MRI Rectal Protocol, no food (water is okay) 4 hours prior to the appointment. Administer over the counter Fleets Enema 2 hours prior to arriving for your scan
  • Take your medications as per your normal routine

BREAST BIOPSY

  • Allow 2 hours for the total exam process
  • No fasting
  • Take all medications except blood thinners. STOP blood thinners 3-5 days prior to biopsy

PET/CT

Axumin:

  • Allow up to 45 minutes – 1.5 hours for the total exam process
  • Follow Hydration Instructions below
  • No food (including no gum) or other liquids (coffee, tea) 4 hours prior to the appointment
  • No exercise 24 hours prior to your exam
  • Take your medications as per your normal routine
  • Wear comfortable clothing without metal clasps or zippers

Netspot (Ga-68 Dotatate):

  • Allow up to 1.5 – 2 hours for the total exam process
  • Follow Hydration Instructions below
  • There is no fasting for this procedure
  • Take your medications as directed. If on somatostatin analog such as Octreotide, please talk to your doctor as there may be restrictions
  • Wear comfortable clothing without metal clasps or zippers
  • Reading or phone use is allowed while in uptake

FDG

  • Allow up to 1.5 – 2 hours for the total exam process
  • Follow Hydration Instructions below
  • No food (including no gum) or other liquids (coffee, tea) 4 hours prior to the appointment
  • Take medications as prescribed except cough syrup or vitamins
  • If you are a diabetic, please follow separate instructions specific to diabetic patients. CLICK HERE for instructions
  • Wear comfortable clothing without metal clasps or zippers
  • No exercise 24 hours prior to exam
  • No reading or phone use is allowed while in uptake. Patients may use other electronic devices such as CD, radio, or iPads.

CT

  • Allow up to 1 – 1.5 hours for the total exam process
  • Follow Hydration Instructions below
  • If you are having a CT scan of the Head, Neck, and/or Chest WITHOUT IV contrast, there are no special instructions
  • If you are having a CT Abdomen and/or Pelvis WITHOUT IV contrast, please DO NOT eat 2 hours before scan
  • CT scans WITH ORAL CONTRAST – 3 bottles of 16oz water mixed with 12ml OMNI 300. Drink a bottle 2 hours prior to exam time, 1 hour prior to exam time, and upon arrival of exam
  • If you are on Metformin — stop taking it 24 hours BEFORE scan and START taking it again 48 hours AFTER the scan

HYDRATION INSTRUCTIONS

(If patient is on fluid restriction, refer to ordering MD for hydration instructions)

Beginning 3 hours before your scheduled exam time, drink 1 glass of water every hour, for a total of 3 glasses.

Forexample: A 12:00 appointment a patient will drink 1 glass of water at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 for a total of three glasses.

Voiding is allowed, a full bladder is not necessary.