Please review the specific set of instructions for the imaging procedure you will be having done and check with your physician to confirm your examination location.

GI Series

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.

Barium Enema

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:

  • Body Scan - Wear clothing that does not have any metal on it, such as belts, zippers, snaps or hooks. This allows us to scan you without you having to put on a gown for the exam. Also remove any necklaces or other jewelry that are in the area that you are being scanned for.
  • Head/Neck ScanDo Not wear any jewelry in the head and neck area. This includes earrings, necklaces, and any other facial piercings.
  • Extremeties ScanDo Not wear jewelry on the area being scanned.

For more instructions and information, select the specific CT test you will be having below:


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.

Sitzmarks Test

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.

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