Below are the preparation instructions for the imaging procedures at Spalding Regional Hospital.
Cat Scan Prep
Intravenous contrast proceduresIf allergic to iodine, notify the department prior to your examination at 770.229.6908.Do not eat or drink anything 4 hours prior to the procedure.Patients 50 and over must have a BUN/Creatinine Lab test within 30 days. Abdomen and/or Pelvis examsPatients with a diagnosis of hematuria or kidney stone will be performed without oral contrast. No other preparation is needed.
All other abdomen/pelvis exams will need a Redi-Cat (oral contrast) kit picked up by the patient from the Radiology File Room which is located within Outpatient Services at the hospital. Instructions will be given with the kit. Outpatient Services has its own entrance and parking.
The best time to schedule your mammogram is for the week following your period. This is because your period may cause your breasts to be more sensitive and tender than usual.
If there’s a possibility that you are pregnant your doctor or the technologist must be informed prior to the test being conducted. Other preparations that you should make are:
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging Preparation
Please notify the MRI department at 770.228.2721 extension 3455 immediately if you have the following:
If breastfeeding, we recommend that all nursing mothers who receive Gadolinium administration as part of an MRI exam should pump and discard their breast milk for 24 hours following the Gadolinium administration before resuming breast feeding.
Nuclear Medicine Preparation
HIDA scansNothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.GI Bleeding scansNothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.Meckles scansNothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.Hemangioma scansNothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.Bone scansStay well hydrated.Renal scansStay well hydrated.Thyroid scansPatients must not have had iodine contrast within the last 30 days prior to the exam. Patients must stay off of thyroid medications for 7 days prior to the exam.
PET/CT Scan Preparation
Pelvic or Obstetrical examDrink at least 32 ounces of water starting one hour before the examination. Keep bladder full for the examination.Gallbladder or Pancreas examThe day before the exam eat a “fat free” dinner. Do not eat eggs, butter, or fried fatty foods. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Diabetic patients and others with special needs should call the department at 770-228-2721, extension 3168.Abdomen exam to include the kidneys, liver, and spleenDo not eat or drink anything after midnight.Aorta examDo not eat or drink anything after midnight.Breast examPlease provide any previous Ultrasound of the breast or mammogram that was not performed at Spalding Regional Hospital
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