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Exam Preparation


Barium Enema – Air Contrast or Single Contrast

One day before the procedure, follow directions for the 24-hour preparation in the Fleet Barium Enema Kit #1.


CT Studies with IV Contrast

Do not eat solid food 3 hours prior to the exam. Clear fluids in moderation are acceptable.  It is important to advise the technologist, prior to the exam, if you have a history of iodine allergy or anaphylactic reaction.  If you are scheduled for abdominal and/or pelvic CT, you’ll need to arrive no later than 60 minutes prior to scheduled appointment time in order to drink oral contrast agent.


Cardiac Calcium Scoring

No nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, or other stimulants 6 hours prior to the exam. A study cannot be preformed if a pacemaker is in place.


Coronary CT Angiography

Arrive 90 minutes prior to exam.  Abstain from eating for 3 hours prior to exam.  Do not consume caffeine the morning of your exam.  You may return to normal activity immediately after the exam.


 Virtual Colonoscopy

Virtual colonoscopy is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes sophisticated imaging techniques to generate a 3D reconstruction of the inner surface of the colon, which can then be evaluated for abnormalities such as polyps by specially trained radiologists.



Do not take any calcium pills 24 hours prior to exam.


Esophogram or Barium Swallow

No prep necessary.


GI Series, with or without Small Bowel

Nothing to eat, drink, or chew 12 hours prior to the procedure.  Critical medications may be taken with minimum amounts of water.  If you are scheduled for esophagram only, there is no specific preparation.



Call for an appointment on the first day of your menstruation.



Do not wear any powder, deodorant, or lotion under your arms or breasts.  Wear a skirt or slacks so you can easily take off your top.



It is important to note that not everyone can have an MRI.  Please advise your doctor and scheduling staff if you have any implanted devices.  Certain implants may prevent you from having your exam, such as:
• a cardiac pacemaker or old pacemaker wires
• a brain aneurysm clip
• middle ear prosthesis
• neurostimulators

These are only a few of the issues which may keep you from having an MRI, so please check with our scheduling office for clearance. Please advise the technologist if you have any prosthetic device (i.e., hip or knee replacement, etc.).  Patients should not wear any eye makeup or hairspray.   All patients must remove all jewelry, ALL body piercings, hair pins, and other metallic accessories for the procedure.

Preparation for your MRI will depend on the type of exam you are having: 

  • If you are having a Cholangiogram (MRCP – Magnetic Resonance Cholangio-pancreatography) you will have to fast for four hours prior to your exam. 
  • If you are having an enterography exam you will be required to drink oral contrast.
  • Please bring previous imaging study results (X-ray, MRI, CT, etc.) such as reports, films or CD-ROMs if performed at another facility and they are available.

 Ultrasound – Abdominal

Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to procedure.


 Ultrasound – Pelvic

Your bladder must be full for the exam.
1. Two hours before the appointment, empty bladder.  Do not urinate again until the exam is completed.
2. One hour before the appointment, drink 32oz. of water (4 glasses).
3. See the receptionist if you feel you must urinate prior to exam.