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Concord Imaging Center

At CIC, we remove the anxiety and focus on you.

Our advanced technology, highly-trained staff of board certified radiologists, and comfortable, patient-focused imaging centers give you peace of mind—and the confidence that you're receiving the best care available.

So you can feel more comfortable, and less anxious.

 

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Preparation

The importance of preparation for imaging exams cannot be underestimated. In order
to obtain the most accurate results, it is imperative that you prepare for your exam as
instructed. To help in the process, we have listed specific preparation instructions for
some of our common exams below.

Bone Densitometry (DXA) Preparation

See procedure: Bone Densitometry
You may eat normally on the day of the exam, but do not take calcium supplements for
at least 24 hours beforehand. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, avoiding garments that
have zippers, belts, or buttons made of metal.

Inform your physician if you have recently had a barium examination or have been
injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan or radioisotope
scan; you may have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a DXA test.

CT Scan Preparation

See procedure : CT Scan
If you are having an examination of your abdomen or pelvis, you will be given a flavored drink to outline your intestines and stomach. Do not eat or drink anything for two hours before your abdominal or pelvic exam. If you take medications, ask your doctor if you should take them before your CT scan. Any medication should be taken with a small sip of water.

Abdomen
No solid food two hours prior to test. Drink 1 bottle of "Redi-Cat" (barium suspension)
45 minutes prior to exam.

Abdomen & Pelvis
No solid food two hours prior to test. Drink 1 bottle of "Redi-Cat" (barium suspension) 2 hours prior to the exam and one (1) additional bottle 45 minutes prior to exam.

Pelvis
No solid food two hours prior to test. Drink 2 bottles of "Redi-Cat" (barium suspension)
2 hours prior to exam.

Hematuria
No solid food two hours prior to test.

Brain
No solid food two hours prior to test.

Chest
No solid food two hours prior to test.

Sinuses and spine
No prep needed.

CT Colonography

Women : Always inform your doctor or technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.

After the Radiology Procedure, you can resume your normal daily activities.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you are receiving IV X-ray dye and are allergic to any medications, or have had a
previous allergic reaction to X-ray dye, please tell your doctor, the radiologist, or the
technologist.

Ultrasound Preparation

See procedure : Ultrasound
Instructions specific to your exam will be provided to you from your doctor, or the
scheduling department at Concord Hospital (guidelines are listed below). Be sure to
follow all instructions carefully to ensure a quality exam. Failure to do so may result
in a poor quality exam and/or a delay in performing your exam. Many of the
miscellaneous ultrasounds require no preparation.

Abdomen (liver, gallbladder, spleen, or aorta)
Nothing by mouth eight hours before the exam.

Pelvis
Drink 32oz non-carbonated liquid one hour prior.

Kidneys (renal)
Nothing by mouth for four hours prior (unless specified).

Kidneys & bladder
Nothing by mouth for four hours prior (unless specified). Drink 32oz non-carbonated
liquid one hour prior.

Bladder
Drink 32oz non-carbonated liquid one hour prior.

Amniocentesis
Drink 24oz non-carbonated liquid one hour prior.

Obstetrical (OB, pregnancy)
Less than 12 weeks - 1st trimester: Drink 32oz non-carbonated liquid one hour prior.
More than 12 weeks - 2nd & 3rd trimester: Drink 24oz non-carbonated liquid one
hour prior.

Biophysical profile
Drink 20oz non-carbonated liquid one hour prior.

Scrotal testicular, spine, thyroid, and breast
No preparation needed

Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) Preparation

See procedure : Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your IVP study.
You will likely be instructed not to eat or drink after midnight the night before your
exam. You may also be asked to take a mild laxative (in either pill or liquid form)
the evening before the procedure. Follow the instructions carefully.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you are allergic to any medications, or have had a previous allergic reaction to X-ray dye, please tell your doctor, the radiologist, or the technologist.

Digital Breast Mammogram Preparation

See procedure : Breast Imaging
Refrain from using powder, cream, or deodorant on your breasts or under your arms
on the day of the examination. Try to schedule the mammogram during the time of the
month that your breasts are least sensitive. Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit to
your appointment. If you have had prior mammograms at another facility please bring them with you.

MRI Preparation

See procedure : MRI
The day of your exam, it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing such as a sweatshirt and sweatpants. If possible, avoid clothing with metallic objects such as zippers, snaps and grommets as metal may interfere with the imaging process. If you must wear clothing with metal, hospital gowns will be provided. Make-up and hairsprays should also be avoided.

Before your test, you will be asked to remove all metallic objects, such as eyeglasses, jewelry, wristwatches, etc. which may be stored in a provided locker.

There are no restrictions of foods prior to your MRI. You should however, avoid coffee and other caffeinated beverages since you will be required to lie still for several minutes at a time.

Depending on the type of exam you will be having, you may receive an injection of contrast material (similar to X-ray dye). If you are allergic to any medications, or have had a previous allergic reaction to X-ray dye, please tell your doctor, the radiologist or the technologist.

MRI Abdomen
Nothing by mouth eight hours prior to exam.

All other MRI procedures
No preparation needed

Breast Ultrasound Preparation

See procedure : Breast Imaging
Wear an outfit that makes it easy to undress above the waist such as a two-piece outfit.

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If you do not see your patient's exam listed above or you have any questions about the instructions, please contact us at (603) 228-1521.