We are here to make your imaging process as relaxed and painless as possible. We will outline any preparations you should make and we will tell you what to expect.
Whatever test you are having, plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You should bring identification and your insurance card. We respect your privacy and will handle your medical records, films, and personal information professionally.
Upper GI Series, Small Bowel Series, or Barium Enema
- For an upper GI or small bowel series, do not eat or drink anything (including medication) after midnight the day before the examination.
- For a barium enema, follow a clear liquid diet beginning with breakfast the day before the examination.
Computed Tomography (CT/CAT Scanning)
- Do not eat or drink for three hours prior to your exam.
- We may ask you to drink oral contrast (barium). The dye is harmless and helps improve the visibility of your internal organs. Inform your physician if you have an allergy to intravenous dye.
- If we are using contrast, arrive one hour before the procedure to give the barium enough time to outline the gastrointestinal tract.
- If you have a medical condition such as heart disease, asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, or thyroid problems, check with your doctor for special instructions.
- The procedure involves lying still on a table that slides in and out of the center of the machine.
Magnetic Resonance (MRI/MRA)
- Eat and take your medications as you usually do, unless we tell you otherwise.
- If you are uncomfortable in small enclosed spaces, let the doctor and technologist know. Your doctor may be able to give you a mild sedative to take right before the scan. The technologist can keep in constant contact with you during the examination and can provide a “patient alert ball” that you can squeeze to get the technologist’s attention if you need it.
- When you arrive in our office, we will ask you to complete an MRI safety questionnaire. Our technologist will go over your answers with you to make sure it is safe for you to undergo the scan.
- Before the scan, we will ask you to remove all jewelry, watches, and metal objects. We will give you a gown and robe to wear and a locker to store your belongings.
- Depending on the type of ultrasound, we may ask you not to eat or drink for up to six hours prior to your appointment.
- For pelvic sonography, we may ask you to drink up to four glasses of water one-half hour before your exam.
- Women should inform their doctor or X-ray technologist if they might be pregnant.
- Eat and take your medications as you usually do, unless we advise otherwise.
- If you have had prior mammographies, bring these films to your appointment.
- Wear loose clothing, preferably separate tops and bottoms. Do not use deodorant, powder, or perfume under your arms.
After Your Visit
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your medical information. It sets clear rules about how medical organizations can use and share your medical information.
Note: We accept walk-ins for film requests.
Paying a Bill
If you have any questions regarding your bill, call 1-800-897-2189 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. You can pay a bill online or pay by credit card by calling 1-877-247-2143.