Patient Instructions for Radiology Examinations
Please check with your physician to confirm your examination location. Radiology Examiniation Locations:
Hospital Radiology Department, go to main admissions in East Lobby, phone (501)450-2180
Imaging Center, phone (501)932-5777
Do not eat, drink (even water), or chew gum after midnight.
Small Bowel Follow Through (SBFT)
Do not eat, drink (even water), or chew gum after midnight. The procedure can take from 1 to 8 hours.
Only drink clear liquids* starting at noon the day before the test. Drink 2 ounces of castor oil at 3:00 p.m. the afternoon before your appointment. Do not have anything to eat or drink (even water) after midnight. The procedure takes about an hour to perform.
CT of Abdomen, Pelvis, Thorax and/or Brain
Do not eat or drink within 6 hours of the exam. You will need to dress appropriately for your particular scan, see the CT Dressing Requirments for specifics on what to wear or what not to wear for your scan.
Select the specific CT test below for more specific instructions and information about the test.
Do not have anything eat or drink (even water) after midnight. You will need to be in the hospital for 5 to 6 hours after the procedure.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
Only drink clear liquids* starting at noon the day before the test. Do not have anything to eat or drink (even water) after midnight. The test can take up to four hours.
Venous Duplex Ultrasound
No advance preparation is needed for this test, but tell your doctor if you are taking blood pressure or blood thinning medications.
Ultrasound of Abdomen (Liver, Pancreas, Gall Bladder, Retroperitoneal)
Do not eat or drink (even water or chewing gum) after midnight.
Ultrasound of Pelvis
Drink 32 ozs. of fluid 1 hour prior to the examination to fill bladder. (Do Not Urinate.)
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (Nuclear Medicine)
Do not eat or drink any foods containing caffeine - coffee, colas, tea, chocolate, etc. - for 24 to 48 hours before the test. Do not take any over the counter pain relievers.
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA OR DXA)
No advance preparation is required.
This is a two-part test. During your first visit you will be given medicine by mouth. You will then be scheduled to have an X-ray 5 days later. Do not take laxatives, enemas, suppositories or similar products until after your X-ray.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
No advance preparation is needed. You may not be able to have a MRI if you have a pacemaker, ear implants, a neurostimulator, metal clips in your eyes, an implanted port device, metal plates, pins, screws or surgical staples. It is usually not a problem if you have retained bullets, tooth fillings or braces.
* Clear liquids are defined as liquids that you can see through or fluids that are liquid at body temperature. Some examples are water, broth, Jell-O, black coffee, tea, and juices such as apple, grape, cranberry, or lemonade. Milk and orange juice are not considered clear liquids.
Select the specific test below for instructions on how to prepare and what to expect with the test.